The Women’s retreat is just 9 days away! If you’re following along with our daily reading plan for 2010, today you may have encountered the story of Hagar in Genesis 16. Running away from what seems to be a hopeless situation, she encounters the angel of the Lord who comforts her with news that “The Lord has listened to her affliction.”
Is Hagar’s response of running away something you can relate to? Although most of us have never literally run away, I know I have definitely ran away from situations in my heart. It’s really easy to simply “check out” when faced with confrontation, difficulty and challenges that are before us. Taking it a step further, it’s really easy to “check out” of our relationship with God.
There are times when our thinking trails off into statements like, “I can do this on my own,” or “I’m too tired to meet with the Lord,” or “I feel so dry and empty” or “there is no way around this,” or “I can’t/don’t want to do this anymore…”
Hagar’s testimony tells us that no matter where we go, God is there. He hears us. He sees us. He looks after us.
And if you don’t believe Hagar, then read Psalm 51 or Psalm 139.
Today as you think about your retreat in just 9 days, read the story of Hagar and think about what it was like to be in her shoes. Read Psalm 139 and know that even now, in this moment, God sees you and knows your thoughts. Ask Him to make His presence more real to you than He ever has before.
Our hope for you this year is that you would know God loves you so much that He is always near and always present. Our prayer is that you would know this God who sees you in an intimate way and that your soul would sing like Hagar’s, “I have seen the one that looks after me.”
In His Joy,