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Tuesday, June 29


 

Genesis 16:7-14

7The angel of the LORD found her by a spring of water in the wilderness, the spring on the way to Shur. 8And he said, "Hagar, slave- girl of Sarai, where have you come from and where are you going?" She said, "I am running away from my mistress Sarai." 9The angel of the LORD said to her, "Return to your mistress, and submit to her." 10The angel of the LORD also said to her, "I will so greatly multiply your offspring that they cannot be counted for multitude." 11And the angel of the LORD said to her,
 "Now you have conceived and shall bear a son;
 you shall call him Ishmael,
 for the LORD has given heed to your affliction.
 12He shall be a wild ass of a man,
 with his hand against everyone,
 and everyone's hand against him;
 and he shall live at odds with all his kin."
13So she named the LORD who spoke to her, "You are El-roi"; for she said, "Have I really seen God and remained alive after seeing him? 14Therefore the well was called Beer-lahai-roi; it lies between Kadesh and Bered.

Reflection

Have you ever tried to run from a complicated situation? TV sitcoms and comedy movies often show hilarious scenes where a chaotic situation is happening, and in order to avoid the consequences, the protagonist simply turns tail and runs. It’s funny on screen, but in real life it’s quite different. Maybe your complicated situation involves a marriage or other relationship that has become very messy or a job situation that has become unbearable. It may seem like running away is the only way or at least the easiest way out.  
 
In today’s reading, Hagar, the slave girl, is running away from her mistress, Sarai, because of a complicated situation which has evolved between them. It’s unclear if Hagar really has a plan for where she is going, but as she stops for water, the angel of the Lord finds her. The angel tells Hagar to return to Sarai. Hagar has a choice at that moment. Return, or keep running away.
 
As we contemplate “running away” in our own lives, we too need to look and listen for the angel of the Lord. God’s voice might not come to us through a literal angel, but we can find God’s guidance in many different places. Praying about our difficult situations will allow us to recognize God’s voice more easily. Our angels may come in the form of wise and understanding friends, a sermon that seems directed straight at us, a Bible passage that is read at just the right time, and many more. 
 
No matter what, God will be with us during the complicated situations. Hagar ran from the situation, but she couldn’t run from God. Hagar listened to the angel’s advice and returned to Sarai so that God’s plans for Abram, Sarai, Hagar, and Ishmael would be fulfilled. In our own lives, even if the best result is to leave the complicated situation, we will not leave God behind. God will still be with us, loving, supporting, and guiding us, no matter what.

Prayer

 
Dear God, Help us to listen for your voice in the midst of our chaotic, complicated lives. Remind us that no matter what, you are there to listen and to guide. Help us run toward you, even if we are running away from something else.
In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.


 

Written by Melissa Roselle

Preschool Director of Education

mroselle@stjohns-springfield.org




 
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