"The Lord has loving-pity on those who fear Him, as a father has loving-pity on his children." -Psalm 103:13
God has a way of providing the most powerful and eye opening answers in and through our wilderness experiences.
Consider the story of pregnant Hagar in Genesis 16 who was on the run from her masters, Sarai and Abraham. She was pregnant with a child, bitterness and hurt. She was on the run with numerous questions, trying to escape the ill treatment of her masters. Her intent was to escape her dark reality, but what she encountered was an awakening wilderness experience. Sometimes when life overwhelms us, we desperately run to experiences and individuals that seem like the perfect escape, only to find ourselves wallowing in the slough of despair and disappointments.
While in the wilderness, God met Hagar and made her a promise to increase her descendants. Hagar walked out of her wilderness experience rejoicing that she was seen and blessed by God!
“She gave this name to the Lord who spoke to her: 'You are the God who sees me,' for she said, 'I have now seen the One who sees me.'” -Genesis 16:13
Hagar not only encountered God in the wilderness but she encountered grace, found her future and found hope.
Hagar’s story is filled to the rim with encouragement for women who feel forgotten, neglected and cheated by the twists and turns of motherhood, singlehood, womanhood and sisterhood. This Egyptian’s story awakens in our minds the comforting reality that our sufferings do not escape the notice of God –the healer of hearts; it underscores the awesome truth that God senses our needs before we speak, meets us where we are and provides an answer to satisfy those needs.
As we glide our way through our emotional and spiritual wilderness experiences, let us embrace the truth that God already has an answer and solution to our particular situation. He has been proven throughout history to provide answers and solutions to the deepest questions and greatest needs of humanity. This is a God who hears the whispers of our hearts while we are uttering the very prayer for help; a God who provides the answers in a perfect time and place; a God who already has a plan for our comfort, restoration and deliverance before the trial assails us!
You may be wondering: How can I rebound from this disappointment that is killing my spirit? How can I find balance and cope with the demands and stresses? How can I defeat depression…? How can I quiet my raging boisterous thoughts and have peace of mind? How can I be confident with all these sudden changes in my life? How can I overcome this deep hurt and loneliness? How can I press through the mess when nothing seems to change for the better? How can I pursue this dream when everything is working against me?
Be encouraged that for every question that exists in your heart, God has an answer that is best. The same God who saw Hagar sees the occurrences of this chapter in your life; He will meet you where you are, supply you with an answer in dramatic or less striking ways, and reveal His love to you.
Today, I encourage you to keep your hearts opened to God's compassion and comforting answers and allow His grace to sing a soothing tune to your deepest wounds.
Written by Dentrecia Blanchette
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