To accept the reality of submitting under the woman that dealt harshly with her, perhaps may have caused Hagar to replay harsh scenarios in her mind. Stirring up anger, grief and frustration in her heart while on the run, you may hear her say ” Lord, running is easier… I.. can.. almost .. taste… relief…”.   But Hagar, out of breath, and worn out, finds herself by a spring of water (Genesis 16:7) and the Angel of the Lord found her in this condition. She made no excuses for her behavior, how she was wronged, nor for how unfair it was to live in her shoes as a maidservant. She simply listened to this angel as he instructed her to return, and in obedience returned and submitted herself to Sarai. A difficult commission to swallow. Despite the pain, suffering, and humiliation, she took the long walk back to the place she wanted nothing to do with. This walk may have been different, perhaps she was beginning to accept the place the Lord had called her to? Often the Lord calls us to walk the road less traveled, what is your response to your circumstance or situation today?

by Amy Carmichael

He said, “I will forget the dying faces; the empty places.
They shall be filled again. O voices moaning deep
within me, cease,” But vain the word; vain, vain: Not in
forgetting lieth peace.

He said, “I will crowd action upon action, the strife of
faction shall stir me and sustain; O tears that drown the fire
of manhood, cease.” But vain the word; vain, vain: Not in
endeavor lieth peace.

He said, “I will withdraw me and be quiet, Why meddle in
life’s riot? Shut be my door to pain. Desire, thou dost befool
me, thou shalt cease.” Not in aloofness lieth peace.

He said, “I will submit; I am defeated. God hath depleted
my life of its rich gain. O futile murmurings, why will ye
not cease?” But vain the word; vain, vain: Not in
submission lieth peace.

He said, “I will accept the breaking sorrow which God
tomorrow will to His Son explain.” Then did the turmoil
deep within him cease. Not vain the word, not vain; For in
Acceptance lieth peace.



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