desert_bush_21“God heard the boy crying…”  Genesis 21:17

God hears us when we cry.  God cares about our fears and concerns.  Ishmael had just been sent away by his father and was wandering in the desert with his mother.  Hagar left him under some brush because the Bible says, “she thought, ‘I cannot watch the boy die.'” Genisis 21:16.

The angel of the Lord visited Hagar again in the desert and asked her, “What is the matter, Hagar?”

Then before she could respond, he told her, “Do not be afraid; God has heard the boy crying as he lies there.”

The care and protection that God gave this Egyptian woman and her rejected son shows us a glimpse into the astounding love that God has for all those he has created.  Whether rejected and misplaced, forgotten and alone, God is the one who sees us, the one who hears us.

In what ways have you experienced God as the One Who Sees Me or the One Who Hears Me?