Purposeful Employment

The experience of Hagar, the bondwoman, when she was cast out at the request of Sarah, the wife of Abraham, is in some respects characteristic of the experience of many individuals at the present time. When Hagar and her child, the son of Abraham, departed into the wilderness, she undoubtedly carried with her thoughts of hatred, resentment, fear, depression, and self-pity. All visible means of supply seemed to have disappeared, and apparently, in her discouragement, Hagar could see nothing ahead but annihilation for herself and her child. She placed her son under a bush, and then sat at a distance from him, so that she might "not see the death of the child." However, God "heard the voice of the lad." Fear, discouragement, depression did not oppress the child's thought. His consciousness was open to the entrance of hope, courage, and life. Through his receptivity to present good, the light of hope and renewed courage came to Hagar, as the voice of God saying, "Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him in thine hand."

When this light of Truth dawned upon Hagar, it enabled her to see a well of water close at hand. This well had been available for her refreshment all the time, but she did not see it until the blindness of anger and despair was dispelled. With this awakening came also the revelation that the usefulness of herself and her son was not at an end.

Doing Our Part
September 8, 1934

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