This is a journal entry from an intern that is currently at Isla Vista Church. I felt his honesty, vulnerability, and insights were worth sharing. We can all learn and “grow from this.”
“Faith does not grow in the house of certainty”- W.M. Paul Young
When your life falls apart, it’s not an easy task to take an honest look at yourself. The majority of the time, your self evaluation becomes clouded with uncertainty and pain. Questions loom with undeniable weight to them. Who’s to blame for this? Could I have done a better job? Why didn’t I make the right decision? What did I do to deserve this? The fact of the matter is, while trying to point your finger at who’s to blame, you lose focus on the question that really matters. Let me tell you what I think that question is… “How can I grow from this?” I believe this question is key to any misfortune.
The reality is, life is unpredictable. It doesn’t respect your age, weight, occupation, aspirations, hopes, and dreams. Life just happens. The only certainty we have, is a relationship with Jesus Christ. When we give up our power as judge and jury, and choose to say, “Okay God, I’m not happy about where I am at this moment, but I am trusting you to use this situation for the benefit of our relationship.” That is when amazing things are able to take place. That is when our perspectives become minuscule and God becomes magnified. Isn’t that what we strive for? You see, we serve a God who is capable of taking anything the world throws at us, and turning it into something beautiful. It might be hard to see that in a moment of distress, but allow me to encourage you. For I know myself, that many times I’ve looked back on a painful situation and said, “Wow, even though that’s not what I wanted, I definitely learned some priceless lessons.” Devastation and heart break are not the end of the road, in fact it’s the beginning of an opportunity. An opportunity to see God’s faithful hands at work in our broken lives.
The book of James says it best: “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
Sometimes, it’s the tough situations that make us who we need to be for the next season we are about to experience. Don’t allow your circumstances to set the bar in your life. Because we serve a God who will always reign supreme over any situation and sin we may encounter on this journey called life.