Thursday, December 19, 2019

Remember, You Are Seen

Do you have the power of invisibility? You know what I mean. Everyone around you prattles non stop about a topic that you know nothing about, so you cannot contribute. This in turn, leaves you feeling invisible.










This is something that I am dealing with ( a lot ) lately. The topic around here is music, band related things, information about band members. The list goes on.





Jacob, our youngest, is in a band and this has inspired T to start going out to watch other bands perform. He is becoming friends with some of these people and talks a lot about them.






I don't go clubbing. It is just too overwhelming for me to do. Can you say
" sensory overload "? So once he gets to talking, I feel lost and then when he and Jacob start talking, I feel invisible.






Do you struggle with any of these same things? It is something that I am trying to work on. I will say it is a work in progress.






Now, let's read Genesis 16. You will see how Hagar was feeling mistreated and invisible to the point that she ran away.






Pay attention to the part where the angel of the Lord appears to her.






Genesis 16:1-16 NIV 






Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had borne him no children. But she had an Egyptian slave named Hagar; so she said to Abram, “The Lord has kept me from having children. Go, sleep with my slave; perhaps I can build a family through her.” Abram agreed to what Sarai said. So after Abram had been living in Canaan ten years, Sarai his wife took her Egyptian slave Hagar and gave her to her husband to be his wife. He slept with Hagar, and she conceived. When she knew she was pregnant, she began to despise her mistress. Then Sarai said to Abram, “You are responsible for the wrong I am suffering. I put my slave in your arms, and now that she knows she is pregnant, she despises me. May the Lord judge between you and me.” “Your slave is in your hands,” Abram said. “Do with her whatever you think best.” Then Sarai mistreated Hagar; so she fled from her. The angel of the Lord found Hagar near a spring in the desert; it was the spring that is beside the road to Shur. And he said, “Hagar, slave of Sarai, where have you come from, and where are you going?” “I’m running away from my mistress Sarai,” she answered. Then the angel of the Lord told her, “Go back to your mistress and submit to her.” The angel added, “I will increase your descendants so much that they will be too numerous to count.” The angel of the Lord also said to her: “You are now pregnant and you will give birth to a son. You shall name him Ishmael, for the Lord has heard of your misery. He will be a wild donkey of a man; his hand will be against everyone and everyone’s hand against him, and he will live in hostility toward all his brothers.” 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 ; it is still there, between Kadesh and Bered. So Hagar bore Abram a son, and Abram gave the name Ishmael to the son she had borne. Abram was eighty-six years old when Hagar bore him Ishmael.











Yes, even after hearing that her son would be a "wild donkey of a man" , Hagar's focus is on the fact that the Lord has seen her.






That is an amazing thought. Stop and let it sink in for a moment.






No matter what you are facing, the Lord sees you.






He is there with you always. Take comfort in that knowledge.






I know that no matter how invisible I may feel, at times, the Lord is always there with me. And He sees me.






Hmmmm, maybe the next time I find myself in the middle of a conversation that I cannot contribute to and I start to feel lost and invisible, I can slip away for some quiet time with the God who sees me.






Prayer: 






Dear Father, 






Thank you for Hagar. Thank you for blessing her. Thank you for sending the angel to speak to her and give her comfort. Father, when I find myself in a situation where I feel lost and invisible, thank you for being the God who sees me ( Genesis 16:13 ). In Jesus' name, Amen.













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She Names Him Immanuel


Hold On Tightly


Peace & Tranquility





























Do you have the power of invisibility?
You know what I mean.
Everyone around you prattles on non stop about a topic that you know nothing about, so you cannot contribute.
This in turn, leaves you feeling invisible.
How can I pray for you today?
If you will allow it, I will be happy to help carry your load.






























Ps. I am adding a couple of free printables for you. Just as I  did last week, they go along with this week's memory verse. One is an index card size and the other a bookmark.



Enjoy!
















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