“You are the God who sees me…” Gen 16.13 (NIV)
Hagar has run away from Sarai, she is pregnant of Abram and has been humiliated by her mistress. The angel of the Lord meets her near a well in the desert: “Hagar, where have you come from and where are you going?”
During that encounter she receives the promise that she will have numerous descendants through her son. She has to call him Ishmael – God hears.
A woman on the run, an Egyptian slave, and pregnant. But God sees her and has His eyes on her. We want to pass on that encouragement to Arab women today: Syrian and Iraqi women who have run away from war and violence, who are far from their homes, with an insecure future; Yemeni women, so that they ‘when the war is over’ will be able to rebuild their country and society as the backbones of their families; pregnant women who are uncertain because of ignorance or superstition. The Living God sees all of them.
Hagar is sent back to Sarai, to the difficult situation. But she now lives in the knowledge that the Living God has His eyes on her. That is how she can go forward.
Will you pray for the many women who are reached by Arab Vision by TV programs, social media and follow-up? May they experience in many ways that the Living God has His eyes on them.
“Where have you come from and where are you going?” That question is for all of us. Where on our journey have we seen Him who saw us?