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The angel of the Lord asked biblical character Hagar, “Where have you come from and where are you going?”

It’s fair to say Hagar had hit on hard times. We could assume Hagar had heard the phrase, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” However, Hagar’s interpretation was skewed. She didn’t toughen up and dig in for the long haul. No, she tucked and ran. She was a woman on the run. Her reply to the angel sums it up, “I am running.”

What are you running from? Like Hagar are you running from people, circumstances or authority? Are you running from your past toward a future unknown?

No doubt there are times when we are called to run, leave or move on but more often than not we have unfinished business to settle before we do.

This unsettled business is not based in revenge or settling the score, it is about taking a stand for what’s right and setting things straight before we move ahead.

In Hagar’s case she humbled herself and submitted to authority. She could have easily seen herself as a victim of circumstance. No doubt it was not an easy choice for her to return home but it was the right one for her at the time because it was the Lord’s desire. He blessed her for her obedience despite the circumstances.

The interesting twist in Hagar’s story is that she ultimately was sent away. Why would the Lord send her home only to have her sent out again? These are mysteries that are opportunities to deepen our faith and trust in the Lord’s plans. His ways are not always clear to us but we must believe He has a purpose and a meaning for the calling He sets before us.

The right choices are rarely the easy choices. Sometimes we are called to stay and sometimes we are called to go.

Regardless of the circumstance the right choice is the obedient choice. The obedient choice is the best choice.

What if the Lord asked you, “Where have you come from and where are you going?” How would you reply?

Should you stay or should you go? When you ask the Lord, you will know! He is faithful to lead us when we, like Hagar, are willing to submit to his leading.

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