How can we battle the urge to run away from the unwanted circumstances of illness? Diane shares.
“She gave this name to the Lord who spoke to her: “You are the God who sees me. . . ” (Genesis 16:13).
Have you ever experienced a time similar to Hagar in the book of Genesis? Here she was a slave girl, serving and working. Asked by her boss to go “above and beyond her normal duties,” she now finds herself in a painful, unwanted situation. So, she tries to run away, hide from her circumstances.
Then suddenly God intervenes, comforts her, encourages her, directs her, and gives her His promise of a future. (Genesis 16:9-12). I think many of us dealing with chronic illness, can identify with this. We find ourselves in an unwanted circumstance, illness causing painful and often life-changing statuses.
We try to hide or mask our true feelings, and cover up the pain both physical and emotional, from others; be it family, friends; even God! But just like Hagar, El Roi, “The God Who See Me” also sees you and me.
We too can lean on Him for our answers. God directs Hagar to return home (v. 9) which means she must trust Him (Psalm 116:8-10).
He gives her a future promise (v. 10). He does that for us as well (Jeremiah 29:11-13). Finally, because of His love and compassion, she now returns home with boldness, knowing she is equipped by Him, for the task ahead (vs. 13-14). God does this for each of us as well (Ephesians 2:10).
Life with illness can generate the desire to run to hide just as Hagar, but we can battle these unwanted circumstances with confidence, as we too know El Roi, “The God Who Sees Me.”
Prayer: Father, thank You for the truth that is in Your Word-that we can know, trust, believe, in all that You say; Drawing comfort and peace that You always see us, love us, and are here with us in all circumstances. Amen.
About the author:
Diane Kalata, lives in Central Florida, she is blessed to have a wonderful husband, who is also her caregiver in illness, three grown children, one grand baby and more on the way! She is a cancer survivor, but continues to deal with chronic digestive and neuropathic issues. She loves art and writing. Her desire is to continually be an encouragement to others; looking daily for those “God opportunities” to share His love and truth with others.
Are you dealing with new circumstances in your life that make you want to run away and hide? What or how have you coped with your life changing circumstances? Is there anything else that we here at Rest Ministries could do to help? Please let us know! God bless. Diane.
This is Danny Gokey singing “More Than You Think I Am.” If you have ever wondered if God sees you, if He is there is the valleys of struggling with you, the lyrics to this song are a great reminder of how God never leaves our side. He is there when we are lonely, when we suffer, even when we have made a poor choice and are paying the consequences. God never leaves us. He doesn’t only live on the mountain tops. Amen! -Lisa