God Sees You.

Updated: Jan 19, 2020

If you have started or are pursuing participating in foster care or adoption, you are passionate about serving, about being the actual hands and feet of Jesus, about putting real action to your faith. You love making God's love real to people.

But you also might struggle with believing that God's love for you is based on your actions. You might feel alone in this battle for justice in the world based on the Good News of Jesus. You might feel unseen and unheard.

And so, you might muster up the ability to dish out extra patience when a situation goes wrong or give extra grace or go the extra mile. But you are often left feeling strung out, like God cares for and loves and extends grace to your kids and your friends and your husband, but that same grace is not available for you.

Somewhere along the line, you stopped believing that God's love for you is dependent on His character. You started believing that God's love for you is dependent on what you do. You make one wrong move and your whole world crashes down, your whole belief system is shot.

You spend your days loving little ones and bigger ones whose lives have been ripped apart by trauma. You give and you give and you give. Sometimes that love is returned, but many times the love is not reciprocated for a long time. You are probably emotionally and physically and mentally exhausted, in ways that you never anticipated. At times, your patience wears thin and the anger rises within you and you blow up.

And what then? If God only loves you based on what you do for Him, where is He when you blow up or mess up or lose your ever-loving mind?

Do you want the truth?

God sees you and loves you and shows up for you the same way that you see and love and show up for your kids.

When you feel forgotten, God sees you.

When you feel like you've run out of love, God is pouring it out.

When you lack the energy to show up for your kids in places that push you beyond your limits, God is showing up for you.

When you royally mess it all up, God is extending His open arms, ready to give you the Grace that He already paid for at the Cross.

He sees you, He sees the worst part of you, and He loves you anyway.

God cares deeply for your kids, for their precious souls, for their broken hearts.

But He also cares deeply about you, your precious soul, and your broken heart.

In Genesis 16, Sarai was pretty ticked because Abram slept with her servant, Hagar (even though she was the one who suggested it - eyeroll) so that she could get pregnant "through" Hagar (umm.....where is the logical reasoning here?). So when Hagar got pregnant, Sarai mistreated her because she was jealous. Hagar was so upset about the mistreatment that she ran away. The Angel of the Lord showed up to her at a spring, where God promised to give her many descendants and predicted that Ishmael, her son, would be a man who has his fist against everyone.

What I love so much about this story is that even though Ishmael, Hagar's son, was a product of Abram and Sarai's disobedience and lack of patience, God cared about Hagar. Even though Abram and Sarai are the "main characters," God chases after Hagar. She probably felt so alone, having been taken advantage of by her master and mistreated by her mistress. And so, even though the Angel of the Lord told her to do something she probably didn't want to do (go back and submit to Sarai's authority), she still felt the weight of God's presence and decided to call Him by a different name:

El Roi: The God who Sees Me.


A Prayer

God, sometimes we feel unseen, unheard, and uncared for.

Sometimes our strength runs out

And we can feel the weight of our humanity,

the burden of our sin that You carried for us.

Help us to remember that your sacrifice at the Cross

was for us too.

Help us to remember that when we feel unseen and unheard and uncared for,

You are doing the seeing and the hearing and the caring.

Your love for us never ends.

Help us to come to you, the Living Water

So that our wells never run dry.

And give us the grace to remember that you are

El Roi, the God who sees Us.


Truth you Can Cling to:

Genesis 16:13-14

Thereafter, Hagar used another name to refer to the Lord, who had spoken to her. She said, “You are the God who sees me.”[a] She also said, “Have I truly seen the One who sees me?” So that well was named Beer-lahai-roi (which means “well of the Living One who sees me”). It can still be found between Kadesh and Bered.

John 4:9-15

The woman was surprised, for Jews refuse to have anything to do with Samaritans.[b] She said to Jesus, “You are a Jew, and I am a Samaritan woman. Why are you asking me for a drink?”Jesus replied, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.”

“But sir, you don’t have a rope or a bucket,” she said, “and this well is very deep. Where would you get this living water? 12 And besides, do you think you’re greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us this well? How can you offer better water than he and his sons and his animals enjoyed?”

Jesus replied, “Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again.14 But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.”

“Please, sir,” the woman said, “give me this water! Then I’ll never be thirsty again, and I won’t have to come here to get water.”

Isaiah 58:11-12

The Lord will guide you continually, giving you water when you are dry and restoring your strength. You will be like a well-watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring. Some of you will rebuild the deserted ruins of your cities. Then you will be known as a rebuilder of walls and a restorer of homes.

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