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Genesis 16: The God who Sees

I love living in New Mexico. I shot this photograph just last week. It's a spectacularly beautiful place and hard for me to leave.

My circumstances are radically shifting right now, as we're moving across the country. I've lived in Albuquerque for over 30 years but God is transplanting me to Buffalo, New York. My mother-in-law needs help.

Do you recall the account of Hagar conceiving Ishmael, found in Genesis 16? It's a short chapter, so do a quick review, if not. It's such a clear illustration of what it looks like to have a victory within the circumstances of your life.

I have to admit that rather than pack and move, at times I've wanted to bolt and run, much like Hagar did. I don't think Hagar thought things through very clearly before she took off. I relate to the irrationality of that. She just fled.

But Jesus, in His pre-incarnate state, found her there and gently admonished and encouraged her.
Now the angel of the LORD found her by a spring of water …