In Trials on
23 November, 2012

The God who sees, the God who rescued me…


There is so much power and influence in music. For me, it has the power to make or break my mood. To build up or crush down my spirit. To equip me for the day or leave me feeling weak.

Anyone out there know what I mean?

There was a time in my life when music had more influence over me than it ever has before. I was going through a difficult season, and any song that had even the slightest hint of sadness in it could put me over the edge. I’ll be honest, I hated it.

So I decided to fill my life with positive music. It wasn’t that I was walking out of a clothing store at the mall every time I heard Adele playing over the intercom, but I was staying in control of the music I voluntarily fed my ears, and it helped immensley.

One of the songs that held the most meaning for me back then–and still holds meaning for me today–is “All This Time” by Britt Nicole. My favorite lines are these:

Ever since that day
It’s been clear to me
That no matter what comes
You will never leave
I know You’re for me
And You’re restoring

Every heartache and failure
Every broken dream
You’re the God who sees
The God who rescued me
This is my story

It’s been almost a year since I heard those lines for the first time on K-LOVE radio, but it was only a month ago that I learned where the term “The God Who Sees” came from. Did you know Hagar was the first one to use it in the Bible? Check out these verses from Genesis 16:

The angel of the Lord found Hagar near a spring in the desert; it was the spring that is beside the road to Shur. And he said, “Hagar, slave of Sarai, where have you come from, and where are you going?”

“I’m running away from my mistress Sarai,” she answered.
Then the angel of the Lord told her, “Go back to your mistress and submit to her.” The angel added, “I will increase your descendants so much that they will be too numerous to count.”
The angel of the Lord also said to her:
“You are now pregnant
and you will give birth to a son.
You shall name him Ishmael,
for the Lord has heard of your misery.
He will be a wild donkey of a man;
his hand will be against everyone
and everyone’s hand against him,
and he will live in hostility
toward all his brothers.”

She gave this name to the Lord who spoke to her: “You are the God who sees me,” for she said, “I have now seen the One who sees me.”

For me, reading this story (I encourage you to read the entire chapter for more context) was a sweet reminder from God of what He has done for me this year. He reminded me that He saw me and He rescued me (just as He saw and rescued Hagar), and that He’ll continue to be faithful to me, even on the toughest days I face.


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