Okay, here I go. I am about to admit something that I rarely say out loud. It’s something that I feel shame and guilt about. It’s something that I wish with everything in me wasn’t as big an issue as it is. But I’ve been wanting and needing to challenge myself to be brave and confess my struggles more so that God’s light can be shed on them and they lose their power over me.
I often feel very unknown and unseen. I know I am not the only one who feels this way, and yet, it is one of the most isolating feelings. I’m not sure when I began to feel this way. I imagine this insecurity stems from several origins. I grew up very alone without a ton of connection. Some people and friends have actually made me feel unimportant, and I suppose some of this insecurity has been self-imposed.
Whatever the root cause, I want freedom. As much as I want it, God wants it more. He longs for His children to be set free from their sin and struggles so that they can fully engage in intimacy with Him and thrive in every purpose He has set in front of them.
A couple of weeks ago, I was at a Women’s Leadership conference and had a conversation with a dear woman in my life. Her name is Lisa. We hadn’t seen each other in at least a year, but she told me she had been praying for me. I couldn’t believe it. She believed that I was on the verge of something and that God was about to open some things up for me. Needless to say, I received all of the prayer and encouragement. In that moment, I felt so seen and known by her and by the Lord.
The very next day, I texted another friend, whose name also happens to be Lisa. She was also at this event, but we didn’t get a chance to connect. I told her I was sad I didn’t get to hug her but that I didn’t want to bother her because I knew she was busy. She immediately responded in capital letters for me to not ever NOT hug her again and that I was NEVER a bother. Something broke inside of me, and a weight was lifted.
When God moves, He moves in ways that we cannot deny was Him at work.
He spoke through two women whom I respect and esteem greatly to meet me in the season I’m in. They didn’t come up with some plan together to make me feel seen or known or loved. They simply live knowing they are seen, so when God speaks to them, He knows they will listen and obey. They joyfully shared His truth and promises at just the right time, and I am beyond grateful for a God who cares enough to move the hearts of His children to impact the hearts of His other children.
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.”
Genesis 16:13 (NIV)
This verse in Genesis has been one of my favorites for a long time. Hagar, the servant of Sarai and Abram, found herself pregnant, abused, alone, and on the run for her life. She settled in her heart that she was abandoned and ready to die. But God sent her an angel to say He had heard her cries for help. Then the angel gave her revelation about who her son would be, and she felt seen, known, loved, and valuable.
She became a woman who was seen and who saw the One who sees. She not only believed it, she declared it. That brings tears to my eyes every time I think about it.
That is our God. He sees us all of the time. He knows us in every way. He sees our sin, our fears, our hurts, and our joys. He faithfully and patiently pursues us at all costs.
He sees us.
He knows us.
He loves us.
He is our Papa and friend, the lover of our souls. He is with us and is for us.
When I am feeling unseen, I tend to be focused on myself and how I am feeling and being treated. This recent experience with the two Lisas reminded me that when I focus on serving, loving, and encouraging others, He will meet my every need. When a woman knows that she is seen by the One who sees, she in turn can live in such a way that readily sees others. That is one of the best and most important gifts we can give to others: to see them, know them, and remind them that they are continually seen by the One who sees.
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showed someone else they were seen through you.
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