Last night on my walk with our dog, Belle, and Will I encountered a family of deer and a snake. In our neighborhood, I often see deer in our backyard or passing through the neighbor's yard, but rarely do I see them crossing the street, until last night. We took a moment to savor the experience and waited for the family to travel across one by one.
I enjoy watching this family of deer and it was so nice to have our rhythm interrupted. Then a little while later, we turned the corner to find a medium sized black and yellow snake. Unlike with the deer, we didn't stop to savor the moment. I quickly moved to the other side of the street and got us out of there as quickly as possible.
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.
As you consider the ways that life's interruptions shape your faith, listen to the words of this song by Jeremy Camp, "Walk by Faith". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BgWOcYpHm0o
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. -Hebrews 11:1