Word of the Week: For When You Feel Invisible


May 11, 2014 by Beth Hess

genesis16-13The weekend has left me weary and brokenhearted, my friends. The scab ripped right off the infertility and miscarriage wound that never really heals completely — not even with a 9-year-old son at your side.

I’ve spent the whole week leading up to Mother’s Day aching for those who find this day so difficult. And there are MANY who do — for any number of reasons.

I have cried tears for the hurting and pounded heaven’s doors for extra grace and healing balm to be sent their way. I have begged God to hold them close and to show up BIG with His love. I have prayed — oh, how I have pleaded — that they would not go unseen and unnoticed in our celebrations.

Because being invisible has never been God’s purpose for anyone. Ever.

Because He is, most assuredly, the “God who sees.”

But sometimes supernatural seeing makes itself known best when humans remember to see each other. And to acknowledge the seeing.

This morning I noticed again the man who always sits alone in the back of the church. I said, “Hello.” Next week I will learn his name.

This week I will seek out Facebook and blog posts that don’t yet have comments on them and be sure to leave a note.

I will look the cashier or the waitress or the customer in the eye until she knows she is not just a fixture in my world. That he is not invisible.

I will focus less on being seen and more on being the one doing the seeing.

 And Hagar said, “You are the God who sees me.” (Genesis 16:13)

I return each Sabbath for a fresh Word of the Week. For the God-breathed pages to come alive in a phrase or two on which to spend a 7-day feast. To meditate upon. To use as a jumping off point for whatever other words God would have me hear during the week. I would love for you to join the Word of the Week (WOW) discussion by adding your selected verse to the comments … or reflections on any scripture reading. 

Linking with Unforced Rhythms — a wonderful community of writers who gather each Monday to share with you HERE.

9 thoughts on “Word of the Week: For When You Feel Invisible

  1. […] is actually pretty famous for this kind of behavior in my life. For moments that remind me, yes, He sees. A wink in my direction. A message sent in our own secret language. An inside joke between […]


  2. Simply Beth says:

    Beth, such beautiful thoughts here and I love your heart . . . your heart to to see others. We talked about this yesterday in my small groups, about how God intersects our lives with others all the time but are we noticing? Are we missing an opportunity to invest in another like He has invested in us? Thank you for honestly sharing and the encouragement. XOXO


  3. Beth, you have such a tender heart. The way you see blesses me big and I know your wounds (even the ones that still throb) are bringing healing to others.

    Such a beautiful, important post. Thank you.


  4. Such a beautiful ministry Beth, to let others know they are seen. I think of Jesus’ words, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.”… and I wonder how many have seen God through your heart? Lovely post. Lovely heart. Thank you.


    • Beth Hess says:

      Julie: I have heard this sometimes called the Ministry of Me, Too — we so often can’t start to heal until we know we’re not alone. Thanks for stopping by.


  5. Love this! I know the pain of unmet desires but I also know the comfort of moving beyond myself and my desires to really see others around me. To intentionally seek them out and be a blessing to them. Suddenly my own pain is diminished. Thanks for the encouragement to remember that God sees us all and asks us to see others as well.


    • Beth Hess says:

      God has been reminding me that there are two ways to enter a room — “Here I Am” or “Oh, There you are!” And I want to be more and more of an “Oh, There you are!” writer, blogger, friend, person. So glad you took some time to “see” me today, Holly.


  6. Debbie says:

    A little jewel I pondered on this morning is from 1 Samuel 14:6-…for the Lord is not restrained to save by many or by few. Really enjoyed your post and will try to do the same this week!


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