So she called the name of the Lord who spoke to her, “You are a God of seeing,” for she said, “Truly here I have seen him who looks after me.” Genesis 16:13 ESV
Jesus revealed His identity to the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well. God revealed His identity to Hagar at a well in the middle of the wilderness. It was there, in the lives of these two women, that divine encounters occurred. They were so powerful that they changed the course of both of their lives.
I read their stories and I can long to be in their shoes for those few moments. But wait! I can be. Weary children of God can still stop by a well, dip their cup, and experience God.
Who can’t relate to Hagar at some point in their life? Sinned against. Singled out as the object of someone’s wrath. Fragile and seeking stability. Closed off and cynical. Wondering if God sees you. Fearing you may be His forgotten child.
Run to the well. Jesus is Living Water and the scriptures are the point of encounter. Rest there. Bring your aching heart and hope once more in the God who sees. El Roi. Hagar named the Lord “The One who sees me.” In the deafening silence of her wilderness, there was One who saw, One who spoke, and One who made outrageous promises.
God loves to be experienced. He promises that, for any who searches, He will be found. Today, I make the scriptures my resting place and I won’t stop drinking until my thirst is quenched. This has never been, nor will it ever be, a futile endeavor.
I am Yours even when I’m in the wilderness. Even though I may see nothing but sand, You see nothing but me. Amen