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I See 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)

I’m not much of a dog person but we rescued Rusty six months ago and he has managed to wiggle his way into my heart. He’s a happy dog and likes nothing better than to lick whatever portion of skin he can find. This is not my favorite quality of his. But, he will also jump up on my knee when I’m sitting at my desk or on the couch and look right into my eyes, tongue hanging out and tail wagging.

“I see you” is my standard response. I’m not even sure that is what he wants to hear but it is enough to send him happily away to find a toy.

Don’t we all want to be noticed…to be seen and accepted for who we are and given a little encouragement for the day?

Hagar got the raw end of the deal after she obeyed her mistress and then was despised by this same woman. Eventually, pregnant and alone, she fled into the desert to escape unbearable circumstances. She had no place to go, no food or water. Only misery and the unknown.

But the Lord saw her in her desperation and gave her instructions for the next step in her journey. It was what she needed most — someone to understand and offer hope.

We never know what a kind word, email, text, note, or even a smile will mean to the person who is having a very bad day. That bit of love and hope may change the outcome completely, just like Hagar. We can also count on God to speak to us through His Word and the Holy Spirit.

Are you listening? Don’t forget — He sees you.

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All Day Song

Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.

They are new every morning;

great is your faithfulness.

 Lamentations 3: 22-23 (NIV)

Do you remember the All Day Song from camp days?

Love Him in the morning

when you see the sun arising;

Love Him in the evening

’cause He took you through the day.

I found a little book in my library by John Fischer, the composer, of this song written in 1972, and have been reading it during my devotional time each morning. He takes it line by line and gives expression, context, and personal applications that have stirred me and reminded me of my Father’s love and presence.

I loved going to camp and had my first experience when I was nine years old at Forest Home Christian Conference Center. I lived in the dorm with 6 other girls and our counselor. I will never forget the night when she gathered us all on a couple of bunks and explained the story of salvation and asked that if anyone wanted to pray to receive Jesus as Savior, to join her as she prayed. I prayed with her and when she was finished, I started to cry. She shooed the other girls out of the room and asked me what was wrong.

“You went so deep,” I answered. I think that was little-girl-speak for being overwhelmed with the love of Jesus and what He did for me on the cross.

We had a campfire a couple of nights later and the leader asked that if anyone wanted to speak to feel free to stand up and tell the group what had happened to them that week. I stood up. Jesus had saved me.

Before I left camp, my counselor took me aside and gave me words of encouragement that still echo in my heart.

Remember that He loves you

and He promises to stay.

If your day is full of chaos, worry, and fear, go online to YouTube and listen to the All Day Song. Be prepared to have it running through your head all day…but that’s OK. Jesus will encourage you with each phrase and give you hope.

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