A Needle in a Haystack — “Into the Word” Week 7

  I hate it when I misplace important documents.  A few weeks ago, I ransacked my entire house looking for 2 envelopes I thought I had misplaced — I searched through messy dresser drawers and even under the seats in my car.  Frustrated and frantic, I considered sorting through the trash when I suddenly remembered that I had placed the missing paperwork in my journal for safekeeping.  The sought after items were always there — easily accessible.  I had simply failed to see them.  When I am in a rush and easily flustered, it always seems like I am hopelessly searching for a needle in a haystack.

This past week as I was digging “Into the Word,” I came across the story of Hagar in Genesis 16 and 21 that reminded me how I often fail to see what is right in front of my eyes.   Feeling  rejected and abandoned, Hagar sat down in the wilderness and cried out of sheer desperation.  She felt alone.  She didn’t think that God saw her or cared.  Have you ever felt that way?  In her darkest hours, Hagar met The God who Sees up close and personal.   I couldn’t help but notice that the provision she so desperately needed to survive was close by, but she failed to see it.  God had to open her eyes (Genesis 21:19).  His wells are always readily accessible.

I am praying that this week God will give me eyes to see — that I will drink from waters that truly satisfy.  I love this promise:

The LORD will guide you continually,
giving you water when you are dry
and restoring your strength.
You will be like a well-watered garden,
like an ever-flowing spring” (Isaiah 58:11, NLT).

What part of Hagar’s story do you relate to the most?  I would love to chat with you about how this passage spoke to you.  Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below.

Every Monday we will be working our way through Anne Graham Lotz’s 52-week study “Into the Word.”    Hop on over to the 3dLessons4Life Blog Facebook Page to join us as we dig into God’s Word together.

Photo Credit: Patrick Hajzler

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