Soap is an American sitcom that originally ran on ABC from 1977-1981. The show was created as a night-time parody of daytime soap operas. A delusional character named Burt thought he could make himself invisible by simply snapping his fingers. snap-snap
Some days I want to be invisible too. Oh, to simply snap my fingers and disappear would be an awesome super power to enjoy. I could just hide from people and the world with all its problems. When life gets messy, ‘snap-snap’ and I’m gone.
But what really hurts is when I am treated like I am invisible. I am present, I am breathing in-and-out but no one sees me. I open my mouth and words come out but they fall on deaf ears. There is a conversation going on all around me but I am unnoticed. That is a very lonely place to be. I decide that everyone else must be more interesting, more engaging. So I melt into the background. No one will notice my tears anyways.
Hagar wanted to disappear too. She was serving as a slave in a foreign land. Hagar was given to Abram (Abraham) to bear children since her master, Sarai (Sarah), was barren. Hagar becomes pregnant and suffers mistreatment from Sarai. Yep, Hagar wanted to be invisible. snap-snap
Instead, she runs away. Hagar flees to the desert to escape. She may have thought she was invisible amongst the sand dunes but she was never out of God’s sight. An angel of God appeared and spoke a blessing on her and her unborn child. Hagar’s response? “You are the God who sees me,” for she said, “I have now seen the One who sees me.” Genesis 16:13
In what seemed like a very hopeless situation, Hagar grasped an amazing truth about God. He always sees us; the real us, right where we are. He sees us in our deserts, in our valleys and on the mountaintops of life. He sees and He knows and He loves us deep down to the depth of our souls.
Hagar would have another opportunity to test God’s vision and hearing. In Genesis 21, following the birth of Abraham and Sarah’s son, Isaac, Hagar finds herself in another hopeless situation. She and her son, Ishmael, were given some food and water and they were sent off to wander in another desert.
When the food, water, and hope ran out, Hagar places Ishmael under a bush and moved away. She didn’t want to watch him die since that was the only viable option for both of them. Desperation time.
But God heard Hagar’s and Ishmael’s cries and saw their tears. This time He calls to her directly from Heaven. They were not invisible. They were not useless, discarded, or invaluable to the Creator. God saw and heard and He had a plan. “Lift the boy up and take him by the hand, for I will make him into a great nation.” Genesis 21:18 (NIV)
On my hopeless and dark days, I want to run into the desert and hide (or snap my fingers and become invisible). I question if the God of the Universe sees little ol’ me. Does He hear my cries? Does He see my tears? God saw Hagar in all her hopelessness and I know He sees me; even when no one else does.
“God keeps an eye on His friends, His ears pick up every moan and groan.” Psalm 34:15 (MSG)
I am not invisible.
Let’s Walk Worthy!