Unlikely Places

There can be times in our walk as Christians when we feel like we are so very far from God, whether it is from our actions or lack of action, or just something that we are wading through in our lives. At such times of discouragement, it seems even harder for me to reach out to the One who has promised never to leave us nor forsake us, as today's Scripture says.

Thankfully, through the grace of God, when these hits on my life occur, He reaches into my life and finds ways to use me and encourage me. Recently, after a very difficult week, I went to the grocery store to pick up a few things. There in the grocery store, a total stranger started up a conversation with me, and began to share with me a very upsetting event in her life. Right there in the grocery aisle as she shared, the Lord worked through me, and I was able to speak into this woman's life. I felt so much better afterwards!

A pattern is emerging. It is during these tough times for me that the Lord works, not only on the people He brings into my life, but also on me. The encouragement He gives through this gives me the courage to move ahead in my walk with Him, trusting Him to be my provider and comfort.

What can we draw from this? We have a loving Father who not only wants to bless others but also wants to bless us and shower His love on us. Through the work of the Holy Spirit, He can accomplish His work here on earth through us.

Psalm 119:76 - May your unfailing love be my comfort, according to your promise to your servant. (NIV)

Prayer: Dear Jesus, help us to remember that nothing will come our way that we cannot handle together. Jesus, help us every day to renew our strength in You and to go forth boldly proclaiming Your truth to the world. Thank You, Jesus, that in our obedience, You can work through us. In Your name, we pray. Amen.

Julie Bowles