She was broken and bruised running away from the place that she had once called home.
She didn’t think twice about what she was doing.
All she wanted to do was escape.
So she packed her bag and ran as far away as she could so she wouldn’t have to face abuse anymore.
Even though she knew she was carrying a child in her womb.
Even though she didn’t know who would take care of her from that moment on.
After all, she was merely a servant, dutifully fulfilling the task of her master.
But when her master turned against her she couldn’t contain the hurt and pain she felt living with her every day.
So she ran.
Into the middle of a dry desert where no one would find her.
Where no one would chase after her.
Where no one would care enough to come to her rescue.
But she was wrong.
At the very moment that she found herself at her lowest wondering how she ended up in the middle of a desert, alone, hungry, and scared someone found her.
Someone stopped by to say that she had no reason to run or be afraid because even though she was just a servant girl there was someone out there who cared about her.
Someone who cared about the tears running down her face.
Someone who cared about the pain piercing her heart.
Someone who cared about the endless fear that filled her mind.
That someone was God.
At the very moment when Hagar felt like she couldn’t go on any longer He interfered in her story and stepped right in.
She gives God a new name that is dear to her – a name that is dear to my heart as well
“You are the God who sees me”- Genesis 16:18
What a beautiful reminder to each one of us that God sees us no matter where we find ourselves at today.
That He counts your every tear and hears your every prayer.
That He will never leave you desolate, broken, or alone.
That at the very moment when the battle seems too hard, the desert seems too dry, the valley seems too dark, the situation seems too hopeless and you feel like giving up He will step right in and come to your rescue.
He is a God that saw a scared servant girl in the middle of the desert.
And He is the same God that sees and knows where you’re at today.
He knows what it is that keeps you up at night in tears.
He knows what it is that makes you afraid of what tomorrow may bring.
He knows what your greatest desire, dream, and hope is.
And when that time comes and you begin feeling forgotten by Him remember that forgotten by Him you will never be.
God knows where you are.
He knows exactly what you are facing today.
And when the time is right He will step right in and come to your rescue.
He heard Hagar’s cry for help in the desert.
He heard Israelites cry for freedom when they were enslave d in Egypt.
He heart Hannah’s cry for her desire to be fulfilled in the temple.
And He hears your cry today.
He rescued Hagar from the desert.
He freed the Israelites from bondage.
He put a baby boy into Hannah’s arms.
And He will do the same for you.
Know that no matter what’s going on in your life, God is right there beside you.
He’ll the Good Shepherd that will guide you in the dark when you don’t know where to go.
He’ll be the safe refuge in the middle of your storm when the waves are crashing all around you.
He’ll be the wonderful counselor who is ready to listen to everything that’s on your heart.
He’ll be the comforter that will dry all of your tears.
He’ll be the prince of peace that will calm all of your fears.
He’ll be the best friend that never leaves.
Today, bring everything that you are holding onto and going through to Him and trust Him to take care of you because when you depend on Him alone, He always will.
Hope you all enjoyed the holidays! Have a lovely night and keep on walking strong with God. -Anna… ♥
“You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book”.- Psalm 56:8
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