Apr. 1, 2006
The God Who Sees
For the past year and a half, I've been doing a study on the Hebrew names of God. I started the journey with a book by Ann Spangler that I highly recommend, entitled Praying the Names of God. This book started me on a remarkable adventure. As I studied each new name, I learned more about the character of my God. And, oh I love Him ever so much more with each new revelation!
One of my favorite names as the mother of young children is El Roi, the God Who Sees Me. It was the name revealed through Hagar, after God had rescued her and Ishmael from certain death in the desert. Hagar was comforted that God saw, cared, and rescued her and her precious son.
I love to think about God being the God who sees me...regular old me... Joni: homeschooling mom, wife, friend, daughter.
I need to know that He sees all the diapers I change.
I need to know that He sees when one of my children is hurt and I'm worried half to death.
I need to know that He sees when my children aren't with me and I can't protect them.
I need to know that He sees when I need His wisdom for a discipline situation.
I need to know that He sees when I am going crazy-out-of-my-mind because we all have the stomach flu and I'm just plain worn-out!
I also need to know that He sees when I get impatient with my children.
Or when I am wasting the time He's given me.
Or when I'm choosing other things over Him.
Or when I'm not the best wife, mom, or friend.
I need to know that because in that kind of seeing, that kind of knowing, I can rest.
How you may ask? Because I know that El Roi sees me as I really am, in all my impatience, all my idleness, all my idolatry and all my pride. He sees regular old Joni and He loves her anyway. Now I can rest in that!
Praise El Roi, the God Who Sees!