Read: Matthew 9:35–10:1

When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless. (v. 36)

In downtown Los Angeles, my husband and I walk from a coffee shop toward our hotel. We pass a woman huddled in a corner with a pile of her belongings. Our glances meet and her eyes speak: “Do you see me?” The question stays with me.

This is the cry of the multitude and every human heart. Jesus’ eyes don’t miss a thing. Consider the following (emphasis added): “When Jesus saw her” (Luke 13:12); “He looked around to see who had done it” (Mark 5:32); “When the Lord saw her” (Luke 7:13); “Do you see this woman?” (Luke 7:44). What Jesus sees compels him to compassion.

“Do you see me?” We ask this of others and of God. When the question of our visibility persists, we resort to variations of invisibility: self-protecting, hiding, running, self-serving, withdrawing, masking, self-sufficing, or avoiding. No matter the depth or degree, when it seems we are unseen, Jesus sees. He sees the truth and depth of our need. He compassionately moves toward our need, not away from it.

In the next two weeks, I invite you to experience the ways in which God mercifully engages the women he sees. We’ll begin with a story in Genesis and then move to the Gospels. Let’s walk with Jesus together and see what he sees. —Michelle Christy

Prayer: Lord Jesus, help us to see how you see and engage us too.