If you’ve ever felt invisible—overlooked by an employer, ignored by a loved one, forgotten by a friend—come meet three women from Scripture who surely felt unseen by those around them, yet were definitely noticed by the One who matters most.
Hagar was an Egyptian maidservant in Abram and Sarai’s household. You couldn’t get much lower on the social food chain than Hagar. When her mistress became downright abusive, pregnant Hagar fled into the desert, alone and unwanted.
But God saw Hagar. He found her and spoke kindly to her. Hagar responded by giving him the name El Roi, which means “God who sees me.” (Genesis 16:13)
Hagar is the only person in the Bible—male or female, slave or free—who gives God a proper name. And it’s so personal, so intimate! You see me, Lord. When you feel unseen, unloved, undone, you can trust in the God who sees you in your wilderness.
Leah was the first wife of Jacob, but he favored Rachel. Her younger, prettier sister, Rachel. I’m already feeling Leah’s pain, aren’t you? God felt it too.
“The LORD saw that Leah was not loved.” (Genesis 29:31). Breathtaking, to think that the creator and ruler of the universe looked deep inside this neglected woman’s heart. So tender, so caring, and so like our God.
He gave Leah what her culture valued most—a son—but what he really gave her was the assurance that she was cherished by him. If the people in your life aren’t showering you with love and affection, turn to the One who sees your heartache and knows exactly what you need.
The sinful woman of Luke 7 was seen by at least two men when she showed up at Simon the Pharisee’s house for a special dinner honoring Jesus. Simon saw her for what she was—a prostitute. Jesus saw her for who she was—a repentant woman with a big heart for God.
After she wept on his feet, dried them with her hair, kissed them with her lips, and anointed them with her perfume, Jesus turned to her and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman?” (Luke 7:44)
My heart just stops. Hers must have too. He sees me! He saw not only what she did, but also why she did it. He saw past her sin to her soul, well worth saving.
On those days when you wonder if anyone even notices that you’re alive, take this truth and run with it, beloved: “For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.” (2 Chronicles 16:9)