Lahai-Roi

When Sarah mistreated Hagar, she ran away. An angel found her by a well and told her to go back and submit herself to her mistress. The angel promised great blessings, including numerous descendants. After that experience, Hagar called the Lord “El-Roi,” which means “the God who sees me.” The well became known as Beer-Lahai-Roi (בְּאֵר לַחַי רֹאִי), which means the well (beer) of the One who lives (lahai) and who sees me (roi). (See Genesis 16:13-14.)

The name of that well must have been a constant reminder to those who lived nearby that God cares for each of us and is aware of us.

Isaac was coming from that well when he met Rebekah for the first time (Genesis 24:62). He also lived near that well for a time after the death of his father, Abraham (Genesis 25:11).

The Book of Mormon also reaffirms God’s awareness of each of us. As Ammon and his brothers completed their mission to the Lamanites, Ammon expressed gratitude that God had been mindful of the people they taught and that He had also been mindful of them as missionaries. He concluded:

Now my brethren, we see that God is mindful of every people, whatsoever land they may be in; yea, he numbereth his people, and his bowels of mercy are over all the earth.

Alma 26:37

Today, I will remember that God is mindful of all of His children. As I pray for people, close and distant, I will visualize the Creator of the Universe seeing each of them, knowing their struggles, and willing to comfort and bless them.

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