Ever made a rash decision and found yourself in a situation you hadn’t exactly planned on. Or conversely, ever had someone make a decision that negatively affected you that landed you somewhere you never expected? It’s ok. You’re not alone. I’ve been there, done that in both circumstances.
And remember Hagar? That’s exactly what happened to her as well. In Genesis 16 she was being mistreated by Sarai her mistress and decided she’d had enough so she ran away from what certainly had to have been a bad situation. The problem was she left with no plan, no direction and found herself in the wilderness alone and pregnant.
We don’t hear of Hagar again until Genesis 21 when Abraham sent her away at Sarah’s request. Once again Hagar found herself wandering in the wilderness with no plan, nowhere to go and this time with her young son.
But here’s what I love about Hagar’s story…Each time she found herself in the wilderness God found her right where she was! She was never really alone or without direction. It only looked for a tine as if she was. When she made the decision to run away without thinking things through, God found her, spoke directly to her situation and promised to bless her with descendants “too many to count.” When she was sent away by Abraham, and thought her son would die in the wilderness God was there once again.
Hagar learned a valuable lesson that each of us must learn as well. Wherever we find ourselves, God is there. Whether it’s a decision we made or a decision that was made for us is of little importance. Who is there with us is the most important thing. There is never a place that we can be that God is not! And just as He did with a Hagar, He will lead and guide us safely out of the wilderness. We just have to willing to trust Him to do it.
Let’s pray…Gracious God our Father how incredible is your love for us! We thank you for always knowing exactly where we are and for never leaving us alone or without direction. Help us to focus less on how we may have gotten to the wilderness and more on You, the One who can lead us out. Remind us in every situation that You work all things together for our good. So no matter how difficult it may be You’ve made us a promise and we trust You do just what You’ve said. We trust You to work all things together for our good. Thank you for always being there. In Jesus name we pray…Amen!