Hagar is my unlikely daily-life heroine. Why? Because she encounters God in the midst of a terrible day. Probably the worst day of her life.
A little background: God promises Abram an heir; but as years tick by, no heir appears. Abram's wife Sarai takes matters into her own hands by offering her maidservant Hagar to him. She conceives, only to find Sarai horribly jealous. The Scripture says, "So Sarai treated her harshly, and she fled from her presence" (Genesis 16:6).
Hagar embodies her name, which means flight. She flees.
In the wilderness, hopeless, Hagar, encounters the angel of the Lord. He encourages her, gives her direction. At the end of her conversation, she gives God a name—El Roi, the God Who Sees. Hagar is the only person in Scripture to name God.
It's this characteristic of God—His all-seeing ways—that we who work and play and parent must understand and believe.
There is no place God can't see. There is no situation He cannot discern. He sees it all. Scripture attests to this beautifully:
Hagar may be an unlikely heroine—having fled difficult circumstances instead of facing them—but therein lies the serendipitous beauty of God. God sees our own frailty. He meets us as we flee. God gives us hope, encouragement, and his presence so we can meet the challenges and privileges of the workaday world.
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