“Happy In The Midst Of Dangers And Inconveniences”


In his autobiography, Daniel Boone wrote about his explorations of the Kentucky wilderness. As he remembered fondly the nights of constant wolf howls and the days when wildlife abundantly coexisted with him, he wrote, “I was happy in the midst of dangers and inconveniences. In such a diversity, it was impossible I should be disposed of melancholy” (Cecil B. Hartley, Life of Daniel Boone [Philadelphia: John E. Potter and Company, 1865], 337). We’re a long way from living in the wilderness, but we face our own trials and tribulations. Life in Christ through the power of the Spirit allows us to acknowledge the hard, inconvenient, and downright awful things that we will encounter, yet still find God’s presence and enablement to continue down the path of life.