There are lots of things I like about living in our small town. I love chatting with friends while picking up a gallon of milk at the local grocery store. I love riding my bike to our cozy library and picking out a movie with the help of a familiar and friendly face. I enjoy getting an ice-cream cone or penny candy at Mom and Dad’s Dairy Bar. And I like being greeted by name at the local bank. But there is one recent activity that has been fun as well as encouraging.
I love to go downtown to the second hand store, Second Act, and see what I can find. Whenever I visit this tiny thrift shop I head straight to the book section and peruse the recent donations. There aren’t a lot to choose from, but regularly I leave with a bag of reading material to last me a while.
One of my most recent finds was To Know Him, by Kay Arthur. This coffee table edition lists the different names of God and explains their meaning.
The other day I read about the name El Roi, which means “the God Who sees.” This name appears in the book of Genesis when a young servant girl, Hagar, who had been put in a compromising position, finds herself in a hot desert all alone. As the maid of the rich nomad, Abraham’s, barren wife, she was coerced into bearing him a son. After she became pregnant, Sarah despised her. So Hagar ran away into the hot desert to escape the strained and uncomfortable circumstances.
Though alone and rejected Hagar was not forgotten. God knew where she was and came to her aide. He spoke to this lonely and hopeless girl, gave her some precious promises about the child she carried, and guided her with specific directions about how to proceed.
Hagar, overwhelmed with amazement and gratitude, called the Lord, “You are a God Who sees (El Roi).” When she was all alone, when she was rejected and considered worthless, when she was misunderstood and mistreated, the great God of heaven saw all that was happening. Nothing was hidden from His sight. He came and found this insignificant maid servant and spoke words of comfort to her.
This same God still sees all. Nothing hidden even in the darkness or the deepest parts of a person’s heart escapes His notice. He sees all. He knows all. He understands all. So when you feel that everything has gone against you and there isn’t one who cares, or even notices, call upon the name of El Roi. Remember that our great God sees all!
As Kay Arthur put it in my Second Act bargain book, “The omnipresent God is there and His eyes are not shut. God sees!”
Call upon Him today!