“She gave this name to the LORD who spoke to her: ‘You are the God who sees me,’ for she said, ‘I have now seen the One who sees me.’ That is why the well was called Beer Lahai Roi (well of the Living One who sees me); it is still there, between Kadesh and Bered.”
– Genesis 16:13-14
This story is detailing the conversation between Hagar the slave and the “Living One” she encountered at a well as she ran from Abram’s wife Sarai.
As a slave, Hagar had been forced to sleep with Abram and then mistreated by Sarai to the point where she found it better to run away, risking death, than to stay where she was.
Desperate, alone, abused, and fearful.
At this point of extreme emotional trauma as well as dehydration, Hagar met what she deemed to be “God.” She met “the Living One who sees me.”
With all of the different titles that God has been adorned with over the past few millennia, perhaps none are so accurate as this. The complexities that accompany the apologetics and defenses of an Almighty God that created Heaven and Earth can easily drive one to a debilitating posture of cynicism.
What if God is not only complexity but simplicity also?
As simple as Hagar’s description suggests.
The Living One who sees me.
The Living One who sees worth.
The Living One who sees beauty.
The Living One who sees goodness.
The Living One who sees potential.
The Living One who sees value beyond merit.
Why are we so caught up in the theology, terminology, eschatology, and hermeneutics of belief?
Acknowledge the the Living One who sees you as worthy and valuable. As a Living One choose to see those who have not been seen for what they truly are.
Just as Hagar went on to be the mother of a great nation, so may you empower another to see their own potential and believe in their own ability to achieve it. We all have access to a creative force. May it be used to create in others a belief that leads to life, not life that only exists after death, but life in this moment.