“You are the God Who Sees Me” (Genesis 16)

Hunting Ghost Crabs at Night

Ghost crab near it's burrow on the beach.Finding Ghost Crabs on the beach at night requires a powerful flashlight.

By day North Carolina’s sandy shores are filled with people enjoying the sunshine and the ocean’s waves. At night everything’s dark and quiet. Then the true beach dwellers slip out of their holes and scuttle toward the water. Hit with a powerful light, the ghost crab flees away, either toward the surf, or back into their burrows. Most nights you see only a few. But our Creator sees each one.

Just as He sees each one of us.

Hagar’s Journey in the Wilderness

In Genesis 16, an Egyptian slave named Hagar fled from her mistress. Pregnant and friendless, she walked through a wilderness filled with pain. Grieving for her lost comfortable life, Hagar felt isolated and unloved—until God called her by name.

Even a slave girl’s tears matter to the Lord. Encountering the angel changed Hagar forever. He spoke words of life and hope into her aching heart. A woman whose face and hair is covered with a blue scarf, standing in desert terrain.I love the name Hagar gives to the Almighty don’t you? “You are the God who sees me.” You are the One who cares. You are the One who loves me when I feel defeated, crushed and broken. You are the One who walks with me in my darkest hours.

Today, we live in a society where people aren’t highly valued. Old folks languish in nursing homes, lonely and unloved, with few visitors. Unwanted babies are aborted. Spouses get kicked to the curb regularly and replaced with someone new. Rampant cyber-bullying makes teenagers feel despised by their peers. Even pre-teens are battling depression and thoughts of suicide.

The Epidemic of Feeling Insignificant

Life in the United States has gotten incredibly tough lately. But let me give you a word of encouragement; Jesus our Redeemer sees you; He knows you by name. You may be an “insignificant little crab” to everyone else, but not to Him.

Like Hagar, rejoice and be comforted, because you know the One who sees you

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)

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Please check out “The Invisible Woman” by Nicole Johnson. It’s a five minute video that’s very insightful and moving.

Here’s some information about Ghost Crabs and hunting them on North Carolina’s Outer Banks.

Ghost crab on the beach.

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6 thoughts on ““You are the God Who Sees Me” (Genesis 16)

    1. Maureen Hall Puccini Post author

      i’m glad my post blessed you and I do love watching crabs—they’re “weird beasties.” -M

    1. Maureen Hall Puccini Post author

      Next to the Ancient of Days, this may be my favorite name for God. Thanks for the encouragement. -M

      1. angie

        this is a great name for God. Enjoyed the message also. A little truth in the insignificant little crab (I’ve been a little crabby as I wrestle with a heart issue with God).

        1. Maureen Hall Puccini Post author

          Thanks Angie. Hagar’s name for God is so powerful because it’s true. Have a blessed week. -M