Scripture: Genesis 16
I am constistantly searching for things…lost keys, pen, matching socks, purse, Bible, school bag, shoes…and the list goes on! Plagued with this issue all my life, I can remember as a kid my mom saying, ‘LOOK! You have to actually look it isn’t going to jump out and bite you.’ You would think after 32 years one would learn the art of looking, but to this point, I have not.
This morning, I lost my keys. Scouring the house, and out of time I grabbed my spare set, sat my things in the passenger seat, closed the door, opened my other hand, and there, right in my palm were the very keys In which I had searched. It was one of those palm to forehead moments. I laughed as I thought how often is that the case, our sunglasses are on top of our head, our pen is just under that peice of paper, those shoes, well, we actually put them in the place where they belong, and our phone, well, it is right there in your grasp. It is funny to sit and think about now, but that moment when you realize you can’t find what you are searching for, that is a feeling you hope to avoid, a feeling of no control, and emptiness in the pit of your stomache, no one longs for that feeling- ever.
That feeling reminds me of those moments when we can’t feel God. We know He is there, because His word says He will never leave. His word promises He is there at the very mention of His name, yet we experience times of barrenness when we just don’t feel Him, and can’t see the path He has laid before us.
Genesis Chapter 16 tells us a story of a woman that experienced a time when she could not clearly see the path of God.
There is so much to this story, a story that can be studied time and time again, and leave you with a new lesson learned. Right now, I want to focus our attention toward the end of her story. We see that she was cast out of her home at the demand of Sarah. God assured Abraham to listen to Sarah and He would take care of Ishmael. Trusting God, Abraham took Hagar and Ishmael, gave them supplies and sent them on their way. As time goes on, and they are wandering in the desert, they come to a point when Hagar thought Ishmael was near death. She took her son, a 16 year old boy, and placed him under a bush for shade, and she walked off a ways so she wouldn’t have to watch him die. She cried out for God, and God heard Ishmael’s cries. God didn’t have death in His plan for that day. He met Hagar there and unveiled her eyes to see a nearby well. I wonder…was the well there the entire time, or did God place it there at that very moment? Either way, God unveiled her eyes to see what she needed, the thing she was searching for.
There are times in life we can find ourselves on paths similar to that of Hagar. Maybe your path was when you lost that job, were struggling financially, lost a loved one, went through a troubling time in a relationship, whatever the case, we have all had a point when we wondered, ‘God where are you? I don’t see the well!’ It is at the point when we feel like we can’t go on that God shows up bringing with Him the comfort we need and unveiling our eyes to see the well that we desire to keep us on the path in which we have been set. Maybe you are in the midst of your desert right now, and are still wondering if God is even there, I assure you He is, He is there right beside you walking each step along with you. Reach to Him. Pray in the powerful name of Jesus that He would unveil your eyes, to the work He is doing in your life, and when He starts to nudge your heart and open your understanding, trust Him, RUN after Him…Choose Him…