“Then God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water. And she went and filled the skin with water, and gave the lad a drink.” – Genesis 21:19
Has there ever been a time in your life where you were so focused on the problem, you could not see the solution that was right in front of you? This is what Hagar was experiencing.
Several years prior to this story, Hagar was in a similar scenario. She ran away into the wilderness and was empty. At that time she was pregnant and ready to give life to her son, but this time her son was dying. What is interesting is that Jesus came to her as a Theophany, and He took care of her. Rather than remember that though, she focused on the problem and wept. It consumed her so much she was completely hopeless. She did not pray or remember God could help her, even though she had been in this position before and found victory.
Although she does not cry out to the Lord herself, God came calling anyway. The Bible tells us that her dying son, Ishmael, had cried out to God on her behalf…amazing!
The angel of God asked her a rhetorical question, “what ails you?” Then he goes into what God promised to provide her with comfort. He asks her this question, not for an answer, but to remind her to think about the issue because she has been here before and she has seen God take care of the problem before. She should have trusted He would do it again, just as He always has. It may not be the same situation or solution, but it is the same God.
The story here continues and tells us that God “opened her eyes” and she saw life-giving water. She was so focused on the problem that she could not see the solution that was right in front of her, all it took was looking in another direction.
In life, we go through extreme issues at times that seem overwhelming. Just as Hagar’s son prayed for her, God’s Son, Jesus our Lord, prays for us (Rom 8:34). He is praying our eyes will be opened to see Him as the solution and the One who gives us living water!
“But whoever drinks of the water I shall give him will never thirst. But the water I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.” – John 4:14