Will we see any snakes?”
Matthew, a young boy in our Scout Troop, asked the question as we started on a hike by the river near our camp.
“We never have before,” came the answer, “but we might. So let’s ask God to keep us safe.” We paused, prayed together, and kept walking.
Several minutes later a Troop leader, Shari, suddenly took a quick step backward, narrowly avoiding a poisonous hissing snake partially coiled on the path ahead. We waited as the snake left the trail, giving it a wide berth. Then we paused and thanked God nothing had happened. I believe that through Matthew’s question, God had prepared us for the encounter, and our prayer was part of His providential care.
Our brush with danger that evening brings to mind the importance of David’s words:
“Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always” (1 Chron. 16:11).
This advice was part of a psalm celebrating the return of the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem. It recounts God’s faithfulness to His people in their struggles throughout history, reminding them to always praise the Lord and “cry out” to God.
What does it mean to “seek God’s face”? It means we turn our hearts toward the Lord in even the most lighthearted moments. Sometimes our prayers are answered differently than our asking, but God is faithful come what may. Our Good Shepherd will direct our paths and keep us in mercy, strength, and love. May we declare our dependence on the Lord.
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See you next Sunday.