24th March 2021
...last drop of water...
"And God opened her eyes,
and she saw a well of water; and she went,
and filled the bottle with water,
and gave the boy a drink."
Do you have trouble sleeping?
Are your nights troubled by checklists,
concerns and worries?
In our Bible quote we meet another
weary traveller named Hagar.
God promised a son to Abraham and his wife Sarah,
but Sarah grew tired of waiting and arranged
for Abraham to father a child
with her maidservant, Hagar.
As Sarah's maidservant Hagar was regarded
as belonging to Sarah,
therefore Hagar's child would belong to her as well.
Sarah's plan for parenthood succeeded,
and Hagar delivered Abraham's firstborn child, Ishmael.
Sadly, as Ishmael, so did the tension
between the two women (Genesis 18).
Of course, God remained faithful to his promise,
and in his appointed time, Sarah gave birth to Isaac.
But the conflict between Sarah and Hagar continued,
reaching an all-time high when Sarah witnessed
young Ishmael harassing Isaac,
and she demanded that Abraham
sent Ishmael and Hagar away.
While trekking alone in the desert,
trying to reach her own people,
Hagar ran out of their last drop of water.
Grief-stricken, Hagar placed her son
in the shade to eventually die,
sat down by herself and sobbed.
Her wearied heart wept with all the worry
and exhaustion of trying to ensure
the survival of her family.
How her cry echoes down through the centuries,
resonating in so many people today.
Carrying out our varied responsibilities
isn't always easy going, is it?
But take heart -
hope lives in the most parched places.
This wasn't the end of Hagar's story.
The Bible tells us that God heard her cry
and saw her pain, saying,
'What is the matter, Hagar?
Do not be afraid'
God called her by name. he knew her,
saw her and cared for her anxious heart
in two ways, as only he could;
First, he calmed her soul-deep fears
about the future.
He assured her that he would take care
of her and Ishmael,
repeating the promise he gave her previously.
'Lift the boy up and take him by the hand,
for I will make him into a great nation.
.... Genesis 16:10
Then in the midst of the desert,
God provided a wellspring of relief
"And God opened her eyes,
and she saw a well of water;
and she went, and filled the bottle
with water, and gave the boy a drink."
In this timeless tale of worn-out,
worried humanity, fresh hope is provided.
God knows our names too, and his faithful eye
is tracking us as we journey on.
He hears our cries and comforts us
with the gentle whisper,
'Do not be afraid."
bringing healing and life to the
parched ground of our tired hearts.
The Scriptures are full of examples of God's
trustworthiness; we have a God who can be trusted;
on whom we can depend.
'God was with the boy as he grew up.
'Come to me
you who are weary and heavy ladened,
and I will give you rest.'
he is still the God who brings comfort to
the weary soul and forms living water
from the desert dust.
It may be interesting to watch,
or just listen to a song
'All things (for my good)'
sung by David and Nicole Binion
(Official Lyrics Video)
via the link shown below.