One of my writer friends has a four-year-old son, Moses, who prays the sweetest prayer, “Thank you, God, for to see us.” And yes, that’s exactly the way he expresses it.
He gets this prayer from the Biblical story of Hagar. She becomes pregnant by her master, Abraham, which causes problems for her with her mistress, Sarah. (Read the entire story in Genesis, chapter 16).
The Bible says that Sarah mistreated Hagar, and finally drove her away into the desert. There she meets with the angel of the Lord, who tells her to go back to her mistress. He tells her that she will have a son whose descendants will be too numerous to count.
“She gave this name to the Lord who spoke to her: ‘You are the God who sees me.’” (Genesis 16:13).
This story is special to Moses and his family because Moses is being treated for an especially nasty form of cancer—spitzoid melanoma. It reminds them that God cares about their fear and struggles. He sees them.
And God sees you too.
If you are grieving the loss of a loved one—God sees you.
If you face financial difficulties, struggling to keep food on the table and a roof over your head—God sees you.
If you are battling the evil monster of cancer—God sees you.
If you are fighting a chronic disease for which there seems to be no cure—God sees you.
If you are reeling, trying to find your way after a divorce—God sees you.
If you are lying in the hospital, ill or recovering from surgery—God sees you.
If you are on your knees, praying for a wayward child—God sees you.
If you are longing for that long-lasting, “’til-death-do-us-part” kind of love—God sees you.
If you are being bullied at school—God sees you.
He has promised to never leave us, and He has promised to walk with us through every storm life may throw at us. In this life, we will have trials, but He has promised that He will overcome the world. If He is for us, who can be against us?