Tuesday, September 10 2019
One recent morning, Will found his binoculars laying on the table. They had been put away from summer travels and were found when unpacking a backpack. He immediately took the binoculars outside on our deck said he was going to do some bird watching. He heard birds, but didn't see any. So then he noticed the sun was starting to rise and directed his binoculars through the trees to get a closer look. He called me out to join him and we stopped for a few moments to enjoy the sound of birds and the view in front of us. It was so nice to have our busy morning rhythm interrupted. Our mornings are not always so calm and peaceful. Some include unexpected bugs or spiders who have made a web blocking the exit to the deck. These we often pass by quickly.
It's funny to me how sometimes interruptions in our day can bring moments of calmness and appreciation. While others we avoid like the plague. The same situation would have likely brought about a different reaction from any number of people.
I realize that these two encounters are not earth shattering in comparison to some of the challenging experiences that we face in life. They just reminded me that when we face situations that are unexpected, our response to them often shapes our faith in a significant way. So then, how do your reactions to life's interruptions or unexpected circumstances, shape your faith? Sometimes I find when life is a little bit unpredictable, I realize my need to live by faith and depend upon God's guidance.
Take some time to you consider the ways that life's interruptions shape your faith.
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. -Hebrews 11:1
Prayer for Today
Gracious God, Help me to be more aware of your presence with me each day. Guide me as I seek to walk in faith, even when I cannot see the outcome. In Christ's Name, Amen.