Friday, January 8

Sawubona

Scripture: Genesis 15-16, Luke 8

Genesis 16:13 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.”

Observation

Hagar, Sarai’s servant, became a pawn in Abram and Sarai’s struggle to have a baby.  Sarai insisted Abram impregnate Hagar and consider the child as Sarai’s.  But when Hagar became pregnant, Sarai resented and mistreated her and Hagar fled.  

The angel of the Lord found her in the desert and told her to go home, and foretold her baby’s future.  Hagar gave the Lord this name: “You are the God who sees me.”

She was amazed that God saw her, knew where she was and cared for her.  She was a nobody…but God saw her.  

Application

God sees me—always and everywhere.  There is no place I can go that He is not already there.  There is nowhere I can run where He won’t find me.  (See Psalm 139).  There is nothing I go through that escapes His notice.  He sees my joys and my pains.  He sees my successes and my failures.  He sees my hopes and disappointments.  He sees me.  Always.

The most common greeting in the Zulu tribe is “Sawubona.” It literally means “I see you. You are important to me and I value you”.  I love that greeting and that idea. 

In this story, God says “Sawubona” to Hagar.  “I see you.  You matter to me.”  And He is saying that to you and me as well.  He is the God who sees us.

Prayer: Thank you Lord that You see me, and that I matter to You!