14 Early the next morning Abraham took some food and a skin of water and gave them to Hagar. He set them on her shoulders and then sent her off with the boy. She went on her way and wandered in the Desert of Beersheba.
15 When the water in the skin was gone, she put the boy under one of the bushes. 16 Then she went off and sat down about a bowshot away, for she thought, “I cannot watch the boy die.” And as she sat there, she began to sob.
17 God heard the boy crying, and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven and said to her, “What is the matter, Hagar? Do not be afraid; God has heard the boy crying as he lies there. 18 Lift the boy up and take him by the hand, for I will make him into a great nation.”
19 Then God opened her eyes and she saw a well of water. So she went and filled the skin with water and gave the boy a drink. Genesis 21:14-19
After God reassured Abraham that Ishmael and Hagar would be cared for, Abrahma threw them out of his home.
You can feel the pain in Hagar’s words as she sends the boy away. They are under extreme stress because they were getting low on food and water.
Ishmael, however, cried out to God. He was at least 13 years old at this point. So he cried out and the Lord heard him.
That is a powerful statement, isn’t it?
We live in an age where kids are crying out, and there’s no adult to help them. In fact, adults are the reason they’re crying out.
Of course we know that the Lord has heard their cry and I believe it breaks His heart each time they do. The Lord will judge and it will be swift when He judges.
Still, if you come across a ministry that helps rescue these children and young ladies from human and sex trafficking, strongly consider supporting it.
Meanwhile, grab hold of the little ones in your life and don’t let go. There is never a downside to that.