This time of exams and revision can be quite isolating mentally and stressful. As I wrote a couple of weeks ago, I know that this can have an effect on our relationship with Jesus as our mindset is locked in to the work at hand. I know that in my own life the isolation can be very disheartening as we begin to live and think as if we are truly on our own.
In the story of Hagar in Genesis 16 we read about someone who was totally alone. Hagar was pregnant and fleeing abuse by Abram and Sarai, her master and mistress. Then in the wilderness God met her and prophesied over her and her situation. Her response identifies a fundamental truth about God that we can all hold on to.
“13 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.’”
How does knowing God sees you change the way we think about our isolation?
When God sees us He’s not passively watching events unfold. No, He’s the God who “created my inmost being”, who “knit me together in my mother’s womb” (Psalm 139). God knows us and our situation and is with us in our isolation. He’s the God who is working in us in that time of busyness and stress to form and strengthen us for the work that he is calling us to do beyond. He is the God who sees us when we are in our lowest ebb of energy and calls us to hold onto the promise of what’s ahead.
All the best for the week ahead,
P.S. If you haven’t already please do send us your exam timetable so we can pray for you on the day!