Everywhere that David and I have visited I am struck at how much it means to the people that we simply came. They don’t expect anything. They don’t ask for anything, except that we remember them and that we come again. To most of the world these are forgotten people, or worse, unknown people.
The angel of the Lord found Hagar sitting near a spring all alone after being mistreated by her mistress Sarai. The Lord came, comforted and blessed her. He told her she was with child and would have a son. He told her that He would greatly increase her descendants. Upon this encounter, Hagar gave this name to the Lord: “You are the God who sees me. I have now seen the One who sees me.” El Roi, the God who sees. God didn’t just see Hagar with His eyes. He saw Hagar with a knowing. He knew what she was going through, what she was feeling, where she had come from and He also knew her future.
I take comfort in the truth that we have a God who sees. He knows the number of hairs on the heads of all the forgotten people. He knows their pain and their future. He will come again and right all the wrong. He will establish His kingdom and rule the world in peace, joy and righteousness.
Here are some forgotten and unknown people remembered and known by El Roi. May they see the One who sees them!