Saturday, October 18, 2008
Sing My Soul Saturday-Meeting Us Where We Are
Here is another beautiful song from my new fav...Kathleen Carnali! This was a song she lead during worship and it spoke so intimately to my heart as I have been teaching and studying through the women of the Bible.
Hagar, who met God in the desert when Sarah had run her out of the camp. Sarah couldn't bear looking upon this woman any longer. Hagar could do something that Sarah couldn't...she could bear a child and conceive. Sarah had become despised in Hagar's eyes. Sarah was probably humiliated and embarrassed. She felt shame and contempt for this woman. She was a constant reminders of her sin and weakness, shame and guilt. In her sin and weakness, she offered her maidservant, Hagar, to her husband Abraham.
Sarah was barren. She wasn't able to conceive and give Abraham a son....Sarah became impatient with God's timing and was tired of waiting for His promised child....she had waited 10 years....isn't that long enough, God? She took matters into her own hands. But God is faithful and did give Sarah and Abraham a son....Nothing is impossible for God....Isaac was born. But God didn't forsake Hagar. He loved Hagar and He loved Ishmael. They were his children, too.
"But, as he who was born according to the flesh then persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, even so it is now." Galatians 4:29
"So he (Abraham) went in to Hagar and she conceived, her mistress became despised in her eyes." Genesis 16:4
"And when Sarai dealt harshly with her, she fled from her presence." Genesis 16:6
But God met her in the desert as she fled....God meets us right where we are. He says come to me what I have for you is living....it is my son, Jesus Christ.
"Now the angel of the Lord found her by a spring of water in the wilderness, by the spring on the way to Shur. and He said, 'Hagar, Sarai's maid, where have you come from, and where are you going?'
She said, "I am fleeing from the presence of my mistress, Sarai." Genesis 16:7
What do we flee from? What do we try to push down and hide from view? We can't hide anything from God. He knows each of our pains and each of our struggles. He loves us and wants to pour out His love upon us.
What does He say to Hagar?
"Return to your mistress, and submit yourself under her hand." Genesis 16:9
That is the heart of God. Return. Accept....and He will bless.
He blessed Hagar. He blessed Ishmael. The Lord heard her affliction. He cared.
Just like the woman at the well in John 4. What a beautiful account of a woman, meeting a man who says....come, drink and you will never thirst again.
May this song encourage you, lift you and guide you to the man, Jesus Christ....who loves each of us with everlasting love.
On a totally seperate note....I just couldn't resist sharing my sweet daughter with you. Each night at bed I sing to her. God didn't give me a beautiful singing voice, but to my daughter...it seems to soothe her soul. We sing He's Got the Whole World in His hands and go through all of our children and others held in God's mighty hands. We sing Jesus Loves Me and she also asks for Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. She likes to sing along with me. I had to tape it as I never wanted to forget her sweet voice singing. You only get 15 seconds, as that is all my camera will tape...but I hope you enjoy the 15 seconds....:)
Have a wonderful weekend!
In His love alone-Stacy