Desolation is more a feeling from within than our surroundings.
There are times in life when we feel like running away but our destination contains the same sense of desolation as experienced even amongst friends.
Hagar felt deserted before her mistress, Sarah, but then she felt deserted again in the wilderness.
God can speak to us anywhere. Better to be spoken to while connected to God's House but then He spoke to Hagar in her wilderness. God was the living one who saw her in her mess!
No circumstance can separate us from God.
How we need the love, understanding and support of friends but when all fails, there is God who can move mountains and perform the impossible.
Some times we feel as if life is unbearable and we can see no way through. However we worship "the God who sees me." (Genesis 16:13)