Good come through Struggle
How often do we wait? We wait for the good, for happiness, for excitement. We wait for something to change in our lives. We wait and hope for the good. I had one of those days today, waiting out the long, hot day at work and yearning for time to pass. Then at the end of the day, I bought my first car. There is always good and excitement in the end when we put our trust in God, as long as we are being true good people of God, and living our lives with good values. It can take hard work (such as with working hard hours in order to save for a car), but in the end, the good shines through.
Today's First Reading states: 'Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him. And the child grew, and was weaned; and Abraham made a great feast on the day that Isaac was weaned. But Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, whom she had borne to Abraham, playing with her son Isaac. So she said to Abraham, "Cast out this slave woman with her son; for the son of this slave woman shall not be heir with my son Isaac." And the thing was very displeasing to Abraham on account of his son. But God said to Abraham, "Be not displeased because of the lad and because of your slave woman; whatever Sarah says to you, do as she tells you, for through Isaac shall your descendants be named. And I will make a nation of the son of the slave woman also, because he is your offspring." So Abraham rose early in the morning, and took bread and a skin of water, and gave it to Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, along with the child, and sent her away. And she departed, and wandered in the wilderness of Beer-sheba. When the water in the skin was gone, she cast the child under one of the bushes. Then she went, and sat down over against him a good way off, about the distance of a bowshot; for she said, "Let me not look upon the death of the child." And as she sat over against him, the child lifted up his voice and wept. And God heard the voice of the lad; and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven, and said to her, "What troubles you, Hagar? Fear not; for God has heard the voice of the lad where he is. Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him fast with your hand; for I will make him a great nation." Then God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water; and she went, and filled the skin with water, and gave the lad a drink. And God was with the lad, and he grew up; he lived in the wilderness, and became an expert with the bow' (Genesis 21:5, 8-20).
Hagar is sent away because Sarah doesn't want her and her son to be a part of their family. Hagar is sent away and is so distraught, fearing she'll have to watch her son die. However, her struggle pays off. Her belief and hope brings her good and lasting life with her son, as God hears her prayer and helps her. Do we pray and seek God's direction in the struggling times, as well as thank God when everything works out? Take time today to reflect on everything God has brought to you and all the good that's in your life now.
Today's prayer comes from 'CatholicOnline' a prayer for strength and good:
Lord, you are Holy above all others, and all of the strength that I need is in your hands. I am not asking, Lord, that you take this trial away. Instead, I simply ask that Your will be done in my life. Whatever that means, that is what I want. But I admit that it's hard, Lord. Sometimes I feel like I can't go on. The pain and the fear are too much for me, and I know that I don't have the strength on my own to get through this. I know that I can come to you, Jesus, and that you will hear my prayer. I know that it is not your intent to bring me to this point just to leave me in the wilderness alone. Please, Lord, give me the strength that I need to face today. I don't have to worry about tomorrow. If you just give me the strength that I need today that is all I need. Keep me from sinning during this trial. Instead, help me to keep my eyes on you. You are the Holy Lord, and all of my hope rests in you. Thank you for hearing my prayer. In Jesus' name. Amen.