July 29, 2019
“The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” Deuteronomy 31:8
In keeping with the theme of God’s faithfulness, I must relate the story of my first hike across Catalina Island. For my first overnight hiking excursion, I planned a 20-mile trek over the course of two days but unfortunately did not own a proper backpack. Consequently, I didn’t have room to bring a sleeping bag or sufficient clothing, food, or emergency equipment. What I had was a recipe for disaster. At the end of the first day, I arrived at the campsite cold and hungry. I set up my hammock, unaware of how much heat I would lose out of the back without a sleeping bag. I tried to sleep in a bush on some grass but couldn’t find shelter from the chilling wind. I prayed for God to provide some form of shelter from the wind, and He did. I ended up spending that sleepless night in an outhouse. God faithfully provided shelter (though it wasn’t pleasant) and later a friend who met me on the trail with extra supplies. I look back on my ignorance and laugh. But how thankful I am for the Lord who never forsakes me.
InsightWhen you request something from God, be prepared for an answer different from what you expected. Ask for help and expect humility.
Bible In A Year
- Ezra 5-6
- Psalm 28
- Mark 7