The Unexpected Places

In reality all she gave me was paper and sugar.

Hosea 1:1-11

Reference: “Yet I will show love to Judah; and I will save them—not by bow, sword or battle, or by horses and horsemen, but I, the Lord their God, will save them.”” Hosea‬ ‭1:7‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Explore: We’ve recently been through a challenging time and one of my colleagues found out. Without making a big deal of it she bought me a card with beautiful words in it and some caramel slice.

In reality all she gave me was paper and sugar. However, the meaning behind the gift was love, care and support.

These special gifts, given by an unexpected friend, has consoled me greatly through a trying time.

Application: When we go through a trial we are often surprised at where we receive support and what brings us meaning.

When God told Hosea He would save Judah, He mentioned it wouldn’t be in the way the nation would expect. God shows up in our lives every single day, but it’s not always in the way we would expect.

It’s important to be open to seeing God in the unexpected places.

Prayer: Lord, thank You for being on our side. May we notice You in the everyday as well as in the unexpected places. Amen.

Where have you seen God this week?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.