A lady came to the hospital to visit a friend. She had not been in a hospital for several years and felt very ignorant about all the new technology. A technician followed her onto the elevator, wheeling a large, intimidating looking machine with tubes and wires and dials. "Boy, would I hate to be hooked up to that thing," she said. "So would I," replied the technician. "It's a floor-cleaning machine.”
“And the water in the skin was used up, and she placed the boy under one of the shrubs. 16 Then she went and sat down across from him at a distance of about a bowshot; for she said to herself, “Let me not see the death of the boy.” So she sat opposite him, and lifted her voice and wept.
17 And God heard the voice of the lad. Then the angel of God called to Hagar out of heaven, and said to her, “What ails you, Hagar? Fear not, for God has heard the voice of the lad where he is. 18 Arise, lift up the lad and hold him with your hand, for I will make him a great nation.”
19 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 21:15-19
I love this passage for many reasons. First, Abraham had just sent this woman out into the wilderness with only one skin of water and when that skin was dry, a real fear took hold of her because she believed her son would not survive. I love that the Lord cared about all of them and heard the cry of the boy and Hagar. I love how the angel of the Lord calmed her fears by calling out to her saying, “fear not, for the Lord has heard the voice of the lad where he is.” There was really nothing to fear. I love how the Lord heard him where he was, not where he was supposed to be, but where he was. And I love how he was there all the time, but she wasn’t aware until He opened her eyes. I also love how the Lord met this practical need in their lives. Then, he gave them a purpose, to become a great nation.
So many people today are living in fear today when there’s nothing to fear but fear itself. He is watching over you and has a purpose for your life. He loves you. I love how He uses our church to communicate these things today in the lives of our children and the children of the community through Vacation Bible School. Please pray for VBS: our volunteers that serve, the children that come and the parents and grandparents that bring them. Please pray that kids will become believers, that families will come back to visit our services, and that our volunteers will be blessed as they serve.