I read a book recently that had me remembering a time when I felt that way. There were so many losses, all at once, followed by a season of grief and unmet expectations, and one of the hardest parts?
I felt really alone.
Sometimes I wondered if things would ever get better. Things did get better, but I remember the doubt and diminished hope.
Over the last few months, I’ve been blessed to be part of a book launch team for Logan Wolfram. Her first book, Curious Faith: Rediscovering Hope in the God of Possibility, releases March 1, and today I’m giving you a sneak peek.
One of my favorite chapters in Curious Faith is about re-examining those times we spend in the wilderness. I love the way Logan defines the wilderness. Because it can look a lot of different ways.
She tells about a time when she and her husband had suffered through a miscarriage, and then God led them out of the church community they knew and loved. A few broken relationships and lots of job stress later, and they felt like the pieces of their lives were falling apart.
They felt alone, and that’s often what the wilderness feels like.
The wilderness may be a season of unmet expectations, hopelessness, disappointment, and discouragement. It could be packed with life changes, or loss.
What’s important, according to Logan, is that when we’re there, we don’t waste our wilderness.
“In the wilderness, when we are lost, discouraged, and can’t find our way, the only thing we are supposed to find is The Way.” ~Logan Wolfram, Curious Faith
Logan’s encouragement is to see our wilderness as a hallway of possibility. There’s no need to live in defeat during those seasons. Instead, let’s open our eyes and see the beauty of God sustaining us through our difficulties.
Let’s look up and see “the pillar of the Lord’s presence hovering and illuminating the way.”
What incredibly hopeful perspective! This is a way of seeing, which all of us need. Because even if we’ve come through some wilderness, there will be another. In this world we will have many troubles. But we can face those troubles with hope, in the God of possibility.
Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. Isaiah 43:19
Curious Faith is about getting to the end of ourselves, and beginning to really live.
It’s about trusting God through great loss and inevitable disappointments.
It’s about knowing who God says we are and living as if it’s true.
It’s about unmet expectations, and finding the way when we’re lost.
It’s about walking in wild obedience and discovering the place of greatest possibility.
It’s about a God who is good and is for us, who is worthy of our trust. A God who takes what’s behind us and makes it new–who pulls us from the pit to make us rise again.
I recommend this book to anyone whose hope has ever been dimmed by hardship, anyone who’s ready to follow after God with a curious faith.
Order your copy here: Curious Faith