Back in the time of Genesis, names meant something. When you named your baby son or daughter, that name told a story. But, it wasn’t just red-faced newborns that received names. In this chapter, a well was being named. That's right: bucket, crank, rope, the whole works. Hagar even named God and from that a well was named – Beer Lahai Roi. No, the name didn’t come from her brother’s favorite drink, nor was it from Trigger's cowboy-rider. The name means “well of the living one who sees me."
Did you know that the same Living One who was Hagar’s God is your God, too? The God who saw her in the desert is the same God who sees you in yours. What has taken you to the desert may not be the same thing that drove Hagar there. For her it had been the pregnancy, lack of love, and mistreatment. You may be in the desert because of those things or maybe it is something else. You might feel alone out there because of problems at work, marital conflicts, struggles with your family, no sense of belonging . . . anything. Either way, you are alone. Or are you? Hagar thought she was, but she thought wrong. God saw her, spoke to her, and saved her. Be mindful of the Living One Who Sees. He sees you in your desert (just think about it), he’s speaking to you (just listen to him), and he's saved you (just remember that).
When it all seems to be coming down around you, take a trip. Take a trip to a well named Beer Lahai Roi. The place of refuge is still there (vs 14) even if the well itself isn’t.