August 25, 2019
We travel through deserts of impossible circumstances. We feel the heat of hatred against us. We feel the intense fever of loneliness as the sun bares down on the endless miles. Misery drinks away what desire we have left. Despair laughs at the empty canteens of our already meager determination. We stagger under the weight of regret and it gets heavier as we sweat away any virtue left in this arid climate. Desert miles and lonely moments. Desert sun and little assurance. Desert journeys and absent joy. Why go on? We toss aside our dreams like Hagar’s little lad; we won’t survive and neither will the dream. We won’t make it out of this canyon of sorrow so why even look at what used to motivate us? It’s a dying child in a Sahara land of missed opportunities and rejected faith. You’ve been told to go away. You’ve been shoved out by uncontrollable relationship conflicts. But God shows up. He speaks through His Word. He gives a message of hope in the wastelands of your human weariness. An oasis appears. A well forms before your eyes. In the story, Hagar couldn’t see the well at first. She was blinded by grief. Veiled by rejection. Obscured by loss of self-worth. Why go on if nobody loves you? Why care for a baby that no one really wants now? But God breathes hope into your dehydrated soul. He shows you something that was...listen now.