Today's reading: 1 Kings 17
Part of life is encountering and dealing with curve balls--those unexpected difficult circumstances that come our way. The widow of Zarephath and Elijah both experienced a curve ball when the widow's son got sick and died, but each responded to this challenging situation differently. The widow immediately jumps to the conclusion that this horrible and heartbreaking event has happened because she's done something wrong and is now being punished or disciplined for it (Have you ever been there? I certainly have.) Elijah, on the other hand, doesn't assume anything. Instead, he takes the circumstance and his lack of understanding about it directly to God, candidly relaying how he doesn't understand why this tragedy has happened and then asking God to restore the boy's life.
When an unexpected problem arises, would you say you tend to respond more along the lines of the widow or Elijah, and why? How does taking your concerns and questions directly to God help you deal with difficulty? Tami
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