The angel of the LORD found Hagar near a spring in the desert; it was the spring that is beside the road to Shur. And he said, “Hagar, servant of Sarai, where have you come from, and where are you going?”
“I’m running away from my mistress Sarai,” she answered.
Here Hagar finds herself in a no-win situation. She has just become pregnant by Abram, the husband of her mistress, Sarai. Originally it was at Sarai’s insistence. But now Hagar is hated and mistreated for her obedience. She felt no other choice but to run away from the situation.
Many people use outdoor activities as an escape from the problems of life. I have met many long-distance hikers who are on the trail to “find themselves.” Just like Hagar, they are trying to get away from their problems.
It’s okay to run away sometimes, as long as we know where we are running to. When she was asked what she was doing, Hagar admitted her problem. She told the angel that she was running away.
That’s the first step to healing. You must admit to yourself and to God that you are trying to cope with something beyond your strength to deal with.
If this describes you, take the time to admit your condition. Be honest with yourself and seek the wisdom of God to see you through this difficult season. Let His arms of compassion surround you and begin the process that will lead you back to an abundant life.