Sometimes it’s those challenges we don’t see coming that are exactly what we need to help us see God more clearly.
In Exodus 17, the people of Israel are suddenly attacked by the people of Amalek. The attack comes as a complete surprise because, well, who are the Amalekites really? If the Egyptians had chased down the people of Israel that would at least make some sense… but why in the world would these people come out of nowhere to make war with a people who have just been set free from Egyptian slavery? It doesn’t make sense, but most of the things that blindside us in life rarely do. While the attack is sudden and unexpected, Moses and the people of Israel provide us with a powerful picture of how to face those unexpected challenges we don’t see coming. In fact, sometimes the things we don’t see coming can help us see God at work in us and through like never before.