When we lived in Charlotte, North Carolina, I went on a job interview in a huge mazelike office complex with multiple parking garages. It took me forever to find a vacant parking spot, but I finally did. I had to hurry to get to my interview on time.
Afterwards, I went back to the parking garage. I thought I had retraced my steps, but I could not find my car. After about half an hour, I was near to tears and wondered if my car had been stolen. I wore a pair of stiletto heels, and my feet were screaming for help. They hurt so bad I was limping.
I prayed to God to help me. Not too long after my prayer, a security guard came by on a golf cart. He could tell I was lost and stopped. I told him my dilemma. He said not to be upset that it happened all the time. Then he offered to drive me around on his golf cart until we found it. I happily accepted his help.
We finally found my car. There was a wire fence between the garage I was in and my car. The security guard said that he could not drive me over there because it was not part of their building. I’d have to walk. He told me how to get to the other side. Fifteen minutes later, I was in my car and on the way home.
I do not think I have ever felt so helpless or lost. I remembered thinking I was never going to get out of that parking garage alive. It was the one time I could identify with Hagar.
After Sarah demanded that Abraham send Hagar and Ishmael away, they wandered in the wilderness. She was out of water, tired and lost. Her son was literally dying of thirst. After she put her son in the shade, she walked away and left him to die. Her son was crying. Then she got about a hundred feet from Ishmael, sat down and cried, too. She did not want her son to die and didn’t know what to do.
God heard the boy’s cry and sent an angel to Hagar. He told her that she should go to her son and comfort him. God was not going to let him die, but would make a great nation from him. He also provided water for them. This was the second time that God heard Hagar’s distress and rescued her.
There are times in our lives when we feel like we are wandering aimlessly and/or feel cutoff by humanity due to a circumstance or emotions going on inside ourselves. We want rescued. Just as Hagar cried out for help, we can do the same. We can rest assured that God will hear our cries of distress. He heard my cry of distress and made the security guard with a golf cart available. What a blessing that was.
Sometimes His rescues are not always as miraculous as mine or Hagar’s, but He will let us know in some way that He hears us. Help will come in His time and His way and for our good. All it takes is walking by faith with God through the difficult circumstance.
Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. Psalms 23:4