Unexpected journeys. Little and big…life is full of them. A quick trip to the store turns into a car accident and a long night in the emergency room. The drive home from work turns into into break down on the highway and a long wait for tow truck. A call on the cell phone turns into the news that someone you loved has passed away.
We can negotiate the little journeys of life–mostly. The big journeys, however, can turn our lives upside down.
I have a friend who just started down one of those big journeys this week. His cancer is back, and he is having a bone marrow transplant. This is an aggressive treatment that requires extensive chemotherapy, a long stay in the hospital and several months of isolation to complete. This is not at all how he and his wife expected to spend their summer and fall.
Unexpected journeys…the big ones can certainly rock our worlds. Some of us have a solid faith like my friend. As he enters this journey, I genuinely see in him what David wrote about in Psalm 23:4
“Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.”
Others of us have more of a struggle. We go through times like David wrote about in Psalm 22:1
“My God, my God, why have you abandoned me? Why are you so far away when I groan for help?”
God is gracious God who meets us where we are. During those unexpected journeys there are times for both Psalm 22 and Psalm 23.