Monday, January 21, 2008

The Balance of Unusual

There are certainly many times on the pathway of faithfulness when we stop and look at our lives and self-consciously wonder, "Is this usual? Is this sign really pointing me to a path that is that untraveled?"

But while the pondering of unusual often brings about feelings of bewilderment and prayers for faith, I loved stumbling upon the spirit in which King David questions God about his unusual dealings with His children.

King David prays to the Lord, after his coronation, "Who am I, O Sovereign Lord, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far? And as if this were not enough in your sight, O Sovereign Lord, you have also spoken about the future of the house of your servant. Is this your usual way of dealing with man, O Sovereign Lord?" (2 Samuel 7)

I love that! When we look down the path of our calling "as far as I could to where it bent in the undergrowth" and encounter bashfulness for the unusual places to which we are led, faith looks and says, "Who am I, Sovereign Lord, that you have brought me thus far?"