God's Love for the Outcast
My reading this morning took me to the Genesis story of Hagar (Gen 16). I am moved by her naming the place where she had her encounter with God, The Well of the One Who Sees Me. She might have called it, The Well Where God Spoke to Me, or The Well of God's Promise, but her awe is with the fact that God saw her at all. That she was even on God's radar screen. That the Maker of Heaven and Earth deigned to notice a rejected slave-girl. D. A. Carson says that, in all of Near Eastern literature, Hagar is the only woman addressed by Deity directly. God's love for the outcast, the lost sheep, is awesome, and also a little bit convicting, is it not?