Have you been facing a hard trial lately? Turmoil in your family or relentless persecution at work? Dark and difficult times have a way of making you feel invisible, like no one can really SEE what your going through.....
Just like you, I face storms and they are super challenging to go through. A year ago I lost my son, Titus. This was one of the biggest and most difficult storms I have ever faced in my entire life. The aftermath has been a constant battle as I also loss several family members on this year. It's been a constant state of grieveing and one can't help but wonder, if God SEES all of this.
I trust God! I can honestly say that with every fiber in miy being. So I know that he sees even when I don't hear him speak directly to my hurt. Yet this morning the lord took me by surprise. I was doing my morning devotions as usual And He leads me to read in the book of Genesis. Genesis is not usually a book I read in the morning but I was obedient to read it anyhow.
I read the story of Hagar (chapter 16) and I started crying. I was touched by her obedience to Sarah and all she got was harsh treatment in return. Have you ever been treated unfairly?? I have! Maybe that's why Hagar's story touched me so deeply. In the story, Hagar actually runs away from her home, while she's pregnant, and the angel of the lord finds her in a dessert.
A desert can be a lonely place and a dry place. She's out there struggling and the lord finds her. He blesses Hagar and speaks so many powerful things over her BUT what jumped off the pages at me was when the angel says to her "You are pregnant, it's a boy, name him Ishmael, because the lord has LISTENED to you affliction"! Selah
Hagar's horrible situation at work (she was a servant), had a voice and God heard it!!! Hagar responds, I will praise the one who SEES me. She was not forgotten, God had been watching the whole time and now He releases a blessing to her! This put JOY in my soul this morning because I took this word personally.
Yes God sees me and all the loss I have been facing. Yes the lord sees YOU too. You are not gone off of his radar my friend. He sees the sleepless nights and the sacrifices you make. God sees the mistreatment and the accusations against you. God sees your barrenness! Please take a moment and declare this with me "God sees me, God knows me and He is about to increase me! He has blessed me and favored me in my desert place. I am not deserted and forgotten, I am seen and heard. For my affliction, God has promised to bless me and I'm walking in agreement with this truth. "
Hallelujah! The God of Hagar has spoken, lift your hands and receive the blessing of the lord. It's yours!!
Elder Kay Starks
Scribe. Prophetess. Wife. Mother. Entrepreneur and Friend! I am completely in LOVE with God and using all the Gifts He has graciously given me, to serve the world.