Elul 9: See

by Rebecca Einstein Schorr on 20 August 2018 @ 12:14 pm

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Following the birth of Isaac, Hagar and her young son, Ishmael, are cast out of Abraham’s house. Having finished all their water, Hagar wanders off to avoid watching her child die of dehydration. After reassuring Hagar that they will survive and that her son will be the father of a nation, the text says:

וַיִּפְקַ֤ח אֱלֹהִים֙ אֶת־עֵינֶ֔יהָ וַתֵּ֖רֶא בְּאֵ֣ר מָ֑יִם וַתֵּ֜לֶךְ וַתְּמַלֵּ֤א אֶת־הַחֵ֙מֶת֙ מַ֔יִם וַתַּ֖שְׁקְ אֶת־הַנָּֽעַר׃

*Then God opened her eyes and she saw a well of water. She went and filled the skin with water, and let the boy drink.

God opened her eyes.

Had the well been there all along? Did Hagar require God to call her attention to it? Were her pain and her agony clouding her ability to see a solution? In other words, was she not yet ready to see the well and drink its sweet water? Was it simply a matter of timing?

What aren’t we seeing that might very well be right before our eyes?

*Hebrew text and translation courtesy of Sefaria.org.

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