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Can We Skip The Hard Stuff And Get to The End?

-written by Devin Feeney

I don’t know about you, but I find the ambiguity of life both frustrating and terrifying. As I end college, I’m learning more and more that life is a process in which God grows and refines us.

Which leads me to ask, “What storms am I going to face and can I avoid them?”

Up until now, life has been planned out with clear steps set before me. I feel as though I’ve been living in a bubble where the realities of life aren’t squeezing in. As I enter into this new stage, I’m learning more and more that life is messy and hard. Life isn’t easy. I know that there are lessons I need to learn, but I’d much rather skip the learning process, not have to face anything difficult, and be on the other side where I have it all figured out.

How unrealistic is that?!?

My fear of the uncertainty that life brings is outweighing my trust in who God is and what He promises to do. When will I learn that Jesus is greater and mightier than anything I might face here on this earth? When will I trust in His character and believe that He will walk with me through it?

In Matthew 14:22-33, the disciples find Jesus walking upon the water. Peter, oh confident Peter, tells Jesus, “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.” Peter saw Jesus through the storm and knew that he was capable of walking through it with Him. And yet, on the water he became afraid. Peter had spent time with Jesus. He had seen the miracles and experienced Jesus’ character. Peter literally saw Jesus there in the storm as He walked on water. But even with what he had seen and Jesus physically present, Peter still becomes afraid and doubtful.

But Jesus doesn’t let him drown because his faith wavered. Jesus comes over and pulls him up out of the water.

We can find hope in this story. Peter’s actions teach us that our faith doesn’t have to be perfect when we face the storms of this life. Jesus will walk through the waters or the fiery furnace with each of us and give us the strength we need to come out on the other side (Isaiah 43:2).

As much as I wish any storm or bout of suffering can be taken away or avoided, I know that when it comes (and it will come) God promises to be with us through it. Not only that, but God is enough to get us through it even when our faith is not.

Devin Feeney is the 2017 summer intern, working mostly with high school and middle school students. She is a recent graduate from the University of Missouri and loves using what she’s learned to better impact and serve families. She’s always down to laugh, sing, dance, or just be present.

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