This week I am featuring a Guest Blog writer from Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Patricia Doucet www.FromBrokenToBeloved.com Please check out her website and subscribe. Thank you, Patricia!
I believe there may be many women today that feel like Hagar, a woman we read about in the Old Testament. The Bible, in Genesis 16:13, alludes to the fact that she learned that God could see her in her darkest hour...and that proved to be enough. She felt betrayed and most likely misunderstood, alone, rejected, guilty, afraid and anxious about an uncertain future. Those she had trusted, betrayed and used her for their own purposes, their well-being, and plans for their own lives. When she was not needed or useful anymore and did not serve their needs, she was put out to pasture. Can we relate to that?
Very sad that those whom she trusted and who ultimately betrayed her, were known as the Patriarchs of the Christian faith, Abraham and Sarah. Is it possible for those who live for their God, to mistreat another so shamefully? The answer of course is a resounding "yes." Christians were capable of such behaviour then and now. Those of us who are Christians and rub shoulders with other believers will tell you from experience no doubt, that this is very true today.
Back to Hagar. How did she exactly arrive at this place of geographical and emotional loneliness? Was it because she was obedient to her Mistress or Master? Was it because she was loyal? Was it because she did what she was asked by those who employed her; even though it may have meant abandonment, betrayal and disgrace? She took a chance and trusted them even though she may not have even had a choice. What exactly did she do or not do to find herself in this place of exile?
The story is laid out for us in Genesis when Abraham and Sarah were growing impatient with God who had promised them a son even though they had never had children and were well past the age of having a child. As the years dragged on, Sarah decided to take matters into her own hands and hatched a plan of her own. Her husband Abraham would conceive a child with their servant, Hagar, who was much younger than she. This would work!
Abraham is the man of God that he was, complied. The plot was carried out and Hagar had a son named Ismael. She went along with the almost unthinkable plan. As a result, she is cast out and forsaken instead of being applauded for obeying those in authority over her.
Hagar was alone and misunderstood. She felt used and abandoned. A single parent, with her son looking to her for answers and no resources or plan. She trusted ...and was treated unfairly by those she thought was there for her.
God did see Hagar, knew her situation and gave her direction.
Does He see us and our situation?