El Roi

“The God Who Sees Me.” Genesis 16:13

Dear #PrisonersOfHope

I love music and I agree with Friedrich Nietzsche when he said, “Without music, life would be a mistake.” 

I have been watching an inspirational music video by Kathie Lee Gifford and Nicole C. Mullen titled “The God Who Sees.” 

I don’t know how many times I have watched the video; the first time I saw it, I was left mesmerized with tears in my eyes. It is certainly the most beautiful thing I have seen in a long time. I don’t have earthly words to describe how beautiful it is. The message of hope in the video will carry many through the dark times in life, back to the light of God. What a refreshing and creative way to evangelize the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

In the video, which was shot in Israel, Nicole relates the stories of four biblical characters; Hagar, Ruth and David during their wilderness experiences, ending with Mary Magdalene at the Garden tomb in Jerusalem. 

I can identify with these characters. 

I can identify with Hagar, an abused runaway slave. Hagar was so abused and mistreated, that she finally reached a breaking point, and fled into the wilderness. She found herself wondering in the wilderness alone with no provision and no hope. In the midst of her despair and hopelessness, the Angel of God appeared to Hagar in the wilderness, to give her hope. And Hagar immediately declared You are El Roi, “You are the God who sees me……..I have seen the One who sees me.” Genesis 16:13

I can identify with Ruth, whose life did not go as planned. She found herself on the journey to a foreign land, a journey to the unknown. In Bethlehem, Ruth found herself isolated in the field, gleaning after the reapers, just to survive.  Have you ever found yourself doing what you can with what you have left, just to survive? Ruth did just that, and trusted God to do the rest.

I can identify with David who was alone, terrified and on the run, being pursued by Saul, a King rejected by God. David watched the privileged life he had experience thru the court of Saul erode right in front of him, because Saul was on a mission to kill him. And yet, God’s Hand was still on David. 

I can identify with Mary Magdeline, who had a dark past in which evil spirits held her captive. Mary had an encounter with Jesus who delivered her from captivity. From there her life was never the same. Mary followed Jesus and served Him. She witnessed His crucifixion and burial. She was the first person Jesus revealed Himself to after resurrection.

Life can be messy, but there is a God who sees you amidst the messiness of life – whether you are a victim of abuse like Hagar or just doing your best to survive like Ruth – whether, like David you are living like a fugitive, or you are a prisoner in your own body like Mary Magdeline, tormented by evil spirits. Your story does not have to end where the pain began.

All these characters at some point faced darkest times in their lives. Their stories serve as a reminder that it is not how you start but how you finish, a reminder that you can make it beyond the pain and arrive at your ultimate purpose, a reminder that no matter who you are or what the situation is, God is not blind to your situation. God comes in to turn a hopeless situation around when all hope is lost.

Believe that God sees you and He is capable of changing your life. Our God is a God who sees.

Signed #RestoredMe