This word has been on my mind lately and I really wanted to do a loose, unplanned painting with the word being the center of focus. EL ROI, what a comforting word! Hagar was fleeing from her mistress Sarah who treated her unfairly. Hagar was pregnant and she had no idea where to go. But she wanted to get away because she knew no one cared. But there was someone who cared. The Angel of the Lord appeared to Hagar and asked “Hagar, Sarai’s servant, where have you come from, and where are you going?”. The Angel also said, “You are now pregnant and will give birth to a son. You are to name him Ishmael (which means ‘God hears’), for the Lord has heard your cry of distress.
After her interaction with the Angel of God, Hagar called God by the name “EL ROI” which means “You are the God who sees me”. God saw Hagar, a nobody by world’s standards. He sees you, no matter where you are. EL ROI – God sees you!