“Look for the Well” by Anne Johnston.
And God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water; and she went, and filled the bottle with water, and gave the lad drink” (Genesis 21:19).
Just a servant girl, forced into circumstances beyond her control, Hagar had experienced a lot of things in her life, but this was the final straw. Rejected by her mistress, forced to take her son and head into an unknown wilderness, she felt that the end had come. She had no family with which to seek refuge, there was no one to whom she could turn. She had exhausted the provisions that Abraham had given her, the water bottle was empty, and it looked like death was near for her and her son. Not willing to watch her son die, she placed him in a shady spot and moved far enough away that she could not hear or see him. sat down and wept.
God heard the cries of the boy and spoke to Hagar, asking her why she was weeping. He told her to fear not, but to go and pick up Ishmael for He had plans to make a great nation of him. The well had been nearby all the time, but God had to open Hagar’s eyes to see it, and then she was able to fill the water bottle. We don’t know how God provided a place for them to live, but we do know that there in the wilderness, Ishmael grew to be a man. God kept His promise to make him a great nation.
Perhaps today you find yourself going through a time of testing and trial. Some of it may be the result of wrong choices you have made in the past. It may be that you have been rejected by people you looked up to, and it seems so hard to rise above the despair and hurt you are carrying. You may have had a bad report from your doctor for yourself or a loved one. It seems like all hope is gone, that life is not worth living. The future looks dark. You just want to shut yourself away and weep.
The Father in Heaven is watching. He sees your tears. He hears the cry for help that rises from your heart. Remember, the well is already there. If you will lift your eyes to Him, you will hear His gentle voice: “Daughter, fear not. I have heard your cry, I have plans for your future. Get up, and trust Me. You cannot change the past, but I can change your future.” Like Hagar filled the bottle and gave water to her child, let the Holy Spirit fill your soul and give you new life.
(FROM: Pure Ministry Newsletter – UPCI Ladies Ministries – firstname.lastname@example.org)