“Unexpected Places”

The Upper Room devotional reflection for Friday, November 26, 2021 comes to us from Amy Culwell of Alabama.

17 The LORD is righteous in all his ways and faithful in all he does. 18 The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. 19 He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them. 20 The LORD watches over all who love him, but all the wicked he will destroy. 21 My mouth will speak in praise of the LORD. Let every creature praise his holy name for ever and ever.

Psalm 145:17-21 NIV

About a week after I returned from maternity leave, my job was unexpectedly eliminated. I was shocked, hurt, and anxious about how my husband and I would make ends meet. We were just learning how to be parents of a new baby. How were we supposed to handle this? I went grocery shopping the next day with a heavy heart, still wondering about the future. I saw a woman about my age who looked familiar. Asking her name, I realized that she was the nurse who helped me through the toughest part of my labor. She was a kind and patient caregiver, and I had wanted her to meet my daughter. But her shift ended before she had the chance. This had always made me a little sad. Three months later – in the middle of a grocery store – they finally had the chance to meet.

This was the sweetest moment that the Lord could have given me that day. I was scared, and God had felt far away. In that moment, I realized that God heard my prayers and listened closely. Our Creator is always present and always lovingly cares for us, even when our situation feels troubled. Sometimes God speaks to us when we least expect it.

Prayer Focus:


Thought for the Day:

God loves and cares for me always.



Amy Culwell’s story reminds me that God often acts in very unexpected ways. Although the cause for her anxiety and concern weren’t eliminated, her spirit was touched and lifted up by the opportunity to introduce her daughter to the nurse who had helped during her labor. God works through so many situations in our lives, and helps us to experience hope, even when we have a huge worry in our heart.

--Pastor Bea


Dear Lord, help us to remember your goodness and faithfulness always. May we lean on you in times of distress knowing that you hear our cries. Amen.

--Amy Culwell