“…where have you come from, and where are you going?” – Genesis 16:8
Lonely, used, and scared. These are some of the words that have been utilized to describe a person we often overlook; Hagar. This may be because Abram and Sarai’s story casts an enormous shadow. And, rightly so! To Abram, a covenant was made by God that he would become the “father of many nations.” As a result of their lives, it is easy for us as the readers to gloss over Hagar’s story.
Hagar, Sarai’s servant, was used as a surrogate, and when she conceived so quickly, Sarai looked at Hagar with hatred for this coveted privilege that she could not perform herself. As a result, Sarai “dealt harshly” with her and Hagar runs away.
Hagar was not just running away from her home. More than likely, if she had been a servant in Egypt, she was running back to Egypt for comfort. And on her way, we see her resting beside a spring of water.
Can you imagine what she must have been thinking? Was she wondering why very godly people she probably grew to love dealt with her as if she was a piece of trash? Was she wondering if this baby was worth keeping? Was she speculating that it would be too much of a burden and that she should abort it? Can you imagine how misunderstood and lonely she may have felt? Like she was just used and thrown aside like she had no value? Could it be she even contemplated taking her own life?
As she sits by this spring in the wilderness, Jesus, as a Theophany, shows up and begins speaking with her. And He asks her, “where have you come from, and where are you going?” Not only that, Jesus brings her comfort in her current situation. He provides her with promises about her life and the future of her child. There was a plan for them, and their lives had value and meaning.
Do you feel of no value to anyone, lonely and pondering your life? Jesus knows. Hagar called Him, “The God Who Sees” because even as she ran away and was in the wilderness, He came to her when she was not even searching for Him. You were created in His image, He will not let His image go. When you feel of no value to anyone, He looks at you as priceless! He knows where you are coming from and where you are going.
“I am sought of them that asked not for Me; I am found of them that sought Me not…” – Isaiah 65:1