Then God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water. And she went and filled the skin with water and gave the boy a drink. And God was with the boy, and he grew up. Genesis 21:18 ESV
There have been times when I’ve accused people for not being there when I needed them. Later, I found out that they had not been absent at all. They reached out, they did something anonymously, but I just didn’t know it at the time. I have learned, quite ashamedly, to be slower to point the finger.
Hagar, while praying for water, couldn’t see the provision of it though it was right in front of her. God had to open her eyes to it. Perhaps she was too overcome with grief to see her salvation.
Of all those we could blame for being undependable, God is usually high on the list. We review our lives, the worst of the worst experiences, and wonder why He didn’t do more at the time. He promises healing now ~ but then ~ He held back a rescue? This view on our past causes us to back up from the One who can help us.
The Well is accessible and ready to give me taste after taste of Living Water. I don’t have to travel anywhere. I don’t have to make an appointment. I don’t have to wonder if He’ll see me. I have 24/7 access to the One who has exactly what I need at this very moment. But all these truths have no benefit if:
- I’m tired of not getting what I believe I need the most.
- I’m weary of relying on promises I haven’t seen fulfilled yet.
- I distrust the One who allowed my story to involve a wilderness.
- I believe someone else’s distorted view of who God is and how His kingdom works.
- I believe my pain is His punishment.
The Comforter I need is right here, now. The Promise I need is here, too. There Well is full. He’s refreshing. He’s inexhaustible. He doesn’t disappoint. The most necessary thing I’ll do all day is pinpoint the reason I walk to the well and choose not to drink.
Be my Counselor and take me through the minefields of lies and misconceptions. At the end, offer me a drink, again. Amen