““Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him by the hand, for I will make a great nation of him.” Then God opened her eyes and she saw a well of water; and she went and filled the skin with water and gave the lad a drink.”  Gen. 21:18-19

Ishmael is about to die, and suddenly Hagar turns and sees a well.  This was not a miracle well that magically appeared, but rather a well that was present the whole time, it just was not seen by Hagar until this moment.  We may think, how did they not see a well when they are dying of thirst in a desert?

While most common translations use the phrase “she saw a well”, at least one translation uses the phrase “she perceived a well”, so perhaps this speaks to our spiritual condition at times.  The Midrash teaches that God always provides what we need; it is us who must be ready to open our eyes to see it.

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