Tuesday, May 5, 2009


This week we are studying Hagar, Sarah's Egyptian slave. This is from my journal:

I used a mottled tan for the background of my Hagar block to represent the desert. Hagar must have been very frightened being alone with Ishmael wandering in the desert, after being cast out by Abraham and Sarah. I have desert camped with full provisions, and with loved ones and friends with me. Still the desert is so vast, so forboding. You'd better have what you need with you, or hope one of the other families has it to survive.

The green is for the occasional scrubby brush or bush in the desert, which is where Hagar put her son down, when they could not go on any longer.

The blue in the center is the life-giving well that Hagar saw when she opened her eyes. Even in the desert there's water.

I used vibrant rose also. Although Hagar was a foreigner, a slave, a woman, a nobody, she was SEEN by God. He saw her struggles. He was there for her. He provided. Not only collectively seen, as in God sees His people, but Hagar, herself, individually was seen. When you look at my block, the first thing you notice is the vibrant rose. It represents that God sees us on an individual personal level.

I think all woman can relate to Hagar at some point in their life. We all feel isolated and alone occasionally.


Cyn ;-) said...

Great block, Pat. Reading your journal entries is really nice - thank you for sharing.

Angela said...

Absolutely beautiful, Pat!

Micki said...

It's a lovely block and story, Pat.

Karen said...

The block is oh so nice. I had to read back through your posts to understand that you are doing Bible blocks and a bible study.

Anonymous said...

What a great explanation and perfect symbolism in this block.