I sometimes meet people and realize we have a mutual connection through someone else that we know. Like the time my husband and I met a gentleman and through our introductory conversation, I learned that he is married to a woman that I played tennis with. And the time I discovered that a church member was related to one of my childhood friends. Over the years there have been several of these stories, and I am convinced that there is really something to the Six Degrees of Separation theory.
Discovering connections is even easier with social media. I held off on joining Facebook for a long time, but after a couple of failed experiences, I’ve taken the plunge again. I even included my picture this time; instead of the flower or the generic silhouette that used to represent me.
Whether by social media or face-to-face, the connections we make can have an impact on our lives. Good relationships can inspire you to aspire and become a better you and bad ones can take you on a downward spiral. Maybe you’ve heard someone say, “show me your friends and I will show you your future,” or “be careful who you hang out with.” It turns out that this is sound advice, because scripture says, “don’t be misled: bad company corrupts good character.”
Connection is what changed Hagar’s destiny. You’ve probably heard her story from Genesis. As Sarah’s maidservant, I don’t think she had a choice in the matter of uniting with Abraham and birthing his child. She was a servant and expected to follow Sarah and Abraham’s directives.
But after doing so, she eventually found herself and her child banished from their home. She took her child and went into the desert, where she waited for him to die. But God heard Ishmael’s cry and spoke to Hagar. He told her that from her son would come many nations, but why? He wasn’t the covenant child, but Ishmael’s destiny came about due to his connection with Abraham. Abraham was upset and began talking to the Lord. He consoled Abraham and told him,
“I will make the son of the slave into a nation also, because he is your offspring.” Genesis 21:13
Some people get jobs and opportunities because of who they know. Yes, benefits come with certain connections. You may not have to do anything, but be connected. I imagine that the children of President Obama can visit in the Oval Office, as well as any room in the private resident of the POTUS.
Now, if the President offers such benefits to his children, imagine what your heavenly father offers you. You can go boldly to His throne, receive mercy and find grace. A treasure trove of blessings await anyone, who in faith, connects to Father God; and there is only one way. When asked “Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’”
Through our relationship with Jesus Christ, we become children of Abraham, and heir to the promise. And this is the greatest connection of all.
Read more on Hagar with us on our Learning from Their Examples series:
- Would You Rather Be Right or Be Happy? – Cindy
- Hagar, Attitude is Everything – Tonya
- He Sees Me – Heather
- Face It – Cheryl
- No Longer Slaves – Beth
Cassandra Woods is an inspirational writer and speaker who has seen God’s word become real in her own life. She finds great joy in sharing God’s love with other women and encouraging them to develop an intimate relationship with God. Cassandra is married to Christopher and is the mother of a teenager and three young adults. To read more about her, click here.