Things happen in the wilderness experience that frustrate us! Continuous pouring rain, extremely cold days and nights, pestering bugs, or even burning a perfectly good warm meal. THAT was not in the glossy brochure!!
The same is true in the Christ Life. There WILL be difficult days. Unexpected death, career disappointments, and even being ridiculed or persecuted for living out our faith. Is this what I signed up for?
“Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is your faithfulness. ‘The Lord is my portion’ says my soul, ‘Therefore I hope in Him’.” Lamentations 3:22-24
We can use the ‘unexpecteds’ in life in one of two ways: we can allow those difficulties to consume our thoughts and actions so that we are not following the Lord or not being used for His purpose OR we can allow the Lord to refine us and help us grow in our Christ-likeness.
What unexpecteds have you faced? Where will you put your hope?