The God Who Sees Me

“She answered God by name, praying to the God who spoke to her, ‘You’re the God who sees me! Yes! He saw me; and then I saw him!’” (Genesis 16:13 MSG)

This is the rhythm of the Christian life. It is God who initiates. It is we who respond.

In last week’s blog post, I mentioned the verse, Hebrews 12:2, that calls Jesus “The author and perfecter of our faith” (NIV). I also love the International Children’s Bible translation of the same verse, which reads, “Let us look only to Jesus. He is the one who began our faith, and he makes our faith perfect.”

It is God who sees us first. It is God who saw us in the Garden, even in our shame and hiding. When God asks Adam and Eve, “Where are you?”, it was not a question of finding, it was a question of confession. God never lost sight of Adam and Eve. He was asking where they were, so that they would respond.

And that has been what God has been doing for all of human history.

God has never lost sight of His People. In Exodus, Moses says of the Israelites, “The Israelites groaned and cried out under their burden of slavery, and their cry for deliverance from bondage ascended to God. So God heard their groaning, and He remembered His covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. God saw the Israelites and took notice,” (Exodus 2:24-25).

We are told in the Psalms, “You have searched me, Lord, and you know me… My frame was not hidden from you… Your eyes saw my unformed body…” (Psalm 139:1, 15, 16 NIV).

When Jesus heals a blind man in John 9, He says, “‘I came into the world to bring everything into the clear light of day, making all the distinctions clear, so that those who have never seen will see, and those who have made a great pretense of seeing will be exposed as blind,’” (John 9:39 MSG).

Jesus comes as the purifying Lamb of God, to purify our vision and allow us to see Jesus as the Son of God, so that we may receive Him as Lord and Savior, and see the Father rightly and be brought back into right relationship with the Father - the relationship that was fractured when Adam and Eve ate of the forbidden fruit and hid.

I find it so cool that God, from the very moment that Adam and Eve first sinned and hid from Him, was already working to pull them out of spiritual hiding and restore their spiritual sight. God had a plan all along, right from the beginning.  

That’s what happened in my life. When I was in college, probably around 2015, I was at a New York District Council service singing in the choir. There, during one of the worship times, I felt a strong wind blow past me. I’ve only felt that twice in my life. Both times, like a gust of wind in a particular direction. This time, I could tell it was trying to touch me. A friend, who really had the gift of prophecy, was standing next to me. She said to me, “Turn around! God is trying to turn you around!” She then proceeded to spin me around 3 times.

Fast forward to the beginning of my internship at Kingsway: I had an experience, shortly after my dad died, where I was praying at church, in the balcony - and I felt so close to God, but I felt like we were back to back. I was so hurt - I remember telling God, “I will stay here. But I won’t turn around to look at you. I just can’t.” It wasn’t even that I was angry. I just… couldn’t.

Mid-way through 2020, I was worshipping in my car, and I pulled up to my house. I think I was listening to “I Will Wait for You” by Leeland. The song talks about waiting for the Lord, because the Lord knows when I rise, when I sleep, and there is nowhere I can go to escape God’s presence (Psalm 139). All of a sudden, I began to get a download from the Lord. I just began typing phrases in the notes on my phone, and I started typing, “You’re turning me around, you’re turning me around.” Then I heard the Lord say, “Kait, all those years ago… we were never back to back. My face was turned to you the entire time. I have always been seeing you. Your back was turned toward me, but now, I have turned you around, to see my face.” And, just like that, a prophetic word 5+ years in the making was fulfilled, and I saw the God who Sees Me.

Oh what a gift, to be seen. Oh what a greater gift, to be seen by God. But the best gift, by far, to see Jesus - with purified, eyes of faith, of God’s own Holy work - seeing in part, now - but seeing in full, with unveiled face, in Glory, in a soon-coming Eternity.

by Kaitlyn Faraghan
Kaitlyn leads worship at our Cherry Hill location. She is passionate about writing and recording music, and has been a part of numerous recording projects; she has released one album and is now working on her second album! In her spare time, you will find her scouting out the best coffee and donuts in South Jersey and the Greater Philadelphia area.


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