Have you ever felt alone? The kind of alone that makes your heart rate increase and your body go numb with fear?
Eight years ago, I was in a car accident that left me battling anxiety and depression. Fear became a constant companion and I had a hard time focusing on the truth.
My family rallied around me, but I felt alone – trapped by my own negative thinking. No one seemed to understand the intense struggle I was going through. It was a rough time in my life.
My husband, Steve had a busy schedule – one that included lots of travel. I remember dreading his business trips and sobbing as he would leave for the airport. I didn’t know how I would make it until he got back.
With the support of family and friends, a godly counselor, and medication I made it through that difficult valley in my life. And the truth was I had never been alone.
Sarah Young, author of Jesus Calling, puts it this way:
"There is no place so desolate that you cannot find Me there."
Words worth remembering when the enemy tries to convince you no one is there for you. The story of Hagar emphasizes this truth.
A difficult assignment
Hagar was Sarah’s handmaid – a female servant who helped with the daily chores. Imagine her surprise when Sarah called for her one day, and told her she would become Abraham’s wife.
Since Abraham and Sarah hadn’t been able to have children, Sarah decided to adopt the custom of the day. Hagar would become Abraham’s wife and when she had a child; it would be raised as Sarah’s offspring.
Hagar DID get pregnant, but it caused her to lose all respect for Sarah:
…and when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress (Sarah) was despised in her eyes. Genesis 16:4b (word in parentheses mine)
Hagar’s attitude didn’t go unnoticed by Sarah, and Hagar found herself being treated roughly by her mistress. It was more than she could handle. She had to get away from Sarah.
Surely Sarah wouldn’t find her in the wilderness. Hagar rested by a spring of water. But what would happen to her? Pregnant and alone, she must have battled fear. No doubt the voice startled her:
Hagar, Sarah’s maid, whence camest thou and whither wilt thou go? Genesis 16:8a
How did the angel of the Lord find her here? She answered Him honestly. He instructed her to return and submit to Sarah. And he told her to name her son Ishmael; and promised her many children.
He was there all along
Although Hagar had thought she was alone, the angel of the Lord knew right where she was. She referred to the Lord differently after that. Hagar called Him, “Thou God seest me,” (Genesis 16:13).
The same is true for us: God sees us and knows exactly what we’re going through. He cares (click to tweet). Take Him at His Word:
"…for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee." Hebrews 13:5b
Do you feel alone? Do you wonder if anyone understands what you’re going through? Take a step of faith today: believe God is with you, and cares about everything that troubles you.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, Thank You for reassuring me that You are with me. Help me refuse the lies of the enemy that make me doubt Your love. Your Word is clear – You will never leave me, nor forsake me. Ingrain this truth in my heart. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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