Saturday, June 28, 2008

Genesis 21 - Invisible

There is an accidental theme starting to emerge from some of these Genesis posts. A consistent thread of an idea that I promise I am not deliberately weaving. And I think it is this:

You are not invisible to God.

God sees you. He hears you. He knows what is important to you and what is a struggle right now. You are on His radar. This is a message that comes across in chapter 15, chapter 16, chapter 18 and today, chapter 21.

In this one, Hagar and her son have been thrown into the desert but Abraham. His wife was too jealous to have them live in the same household. Hagar, believing her boy will die, is too devastated to watch his demise and leaves him off by himself. And then in verse 17 we see the five words that change the story:

"God heard the boy crying,"

There are perhaps bigger things that happens in this chapter. Words and promises that shape history in ways that might be more important than this half of a sentence. But, I think there is great hope hidden in this idea.

A boy had become invisible. He was expelled from his father's house. He was left alone in the wilderness to die. He was no one, about to die a no one's death. And yet God heard the boy crying.

You have probably not been in this exact situation, alone in the desert, waiting for inevitable death. But you have lost something. There is something in your life that you feel is invisible to God. Maybe it's a dream, a career that pulls at your heart but you are convinced God doesn't see. Maybe it is a lost relationship that left scars you know won't heal on their own but you think don't matter to God.

It could be anything, but I don't think that is the point. The point is that God still hears boys and girls crying. He still listens. He still acts. Regardless of how big or how small your desert is.

You are not invisible to God.

10 comments:

Jenl said...

Jon~
These posts have been so powerful and touching. You are very gifted.
Thanks for sharing with us all...

I really needed to hear this today, about the invisibility (or lack thereof).

God is at work through you, I hope you never doubt that.

Rachel said...

Jon,
Thank you for this post. God really used it to speak to my heart today regarding my pain over my recent miscarriage. The part that meant so much to me was that Ishmael wasn't "crying out to God" like we like to tell people to do when they are hurting...he was just crying. It's comforting to know that God pays attention to my crying, even if I don't end it with an "amen".

~~Rachel
www.nothinggold.net

Shannon Beaver said...

I'd like to ditto jenl. I don't comment much, but know that I have been following along daily, and will continue to do so!

Anonymous said...

thank you

Troy & Tara Livesay said...

Good stuff again.

kirsten said...

i am one more person saying: thank you.

how many times have i passed over such a small, seemingly insignificant sentence?

and how many times have i wondered if God had forgotten me, if that whole he-captures-every-teardrop thing was wishful fluff.

but God heard a boy crying in the desert.

dang. He's good.

jenn3 said...

Another great post. Thanks.

dorothy (vicar of vibe) said...

I so agree with kirsten:
dang He's good.
dang your good.

JW said...

I wish I could believe that. I really do.

Flesheater said...

I think metaphorically we've all be abandoned in the desert dying and feeling alone.
To know that G-d hears us and is there is of great encouragement.
He cares, Hes there and He loves us.
The L-rd G-d shall never abandon those whom He loves.