In the past few years Iâ€™ve been tested with many things; a broken family, the death of loved ones, and major health problems. Iâ€™ve been through a lot for a person my age, (21) and sometimes I wonder why and I have found myself asking, â€œGod, are you there?â€
Whenever Iâ€™m going through hard things, I find myself seeking after God in prayer for wisdom and answers, but Iâ€™ve found that some things in life are unanswered. Iâ€™ve gotten frustrated and wondered why I donâ€™t see the whole picture, but I have to remind myself on a daily basis that God is all-knowing. He sees and knows all and I must wait for God to reveal what it is I am seeking after.
I donâ€™t always see the full picture, but I know my God can. My faith and my relationship with God has grown through these years, and to be honest, I wouldnâ€™t change a thing for the simple fact that through my trials and tribulations, when there was no one to help me cope, my talks with God have become more important to me than anything. I rely on Him to help me and give me strength. I am blessed because it doesnâ€™t matter where I am or in what circumstances I may currently be found, God is always there, no matter what. All I have to do is call on that wonderful Name – Jesus – and I have an instant connection with God.
I know there will always be question marks, but I can go back and read the Word of God and seek for more understanding and I find that most of the time the answers have been right in front of my face the whole time.
“30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:
31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:30-31
Godâ€™s promise means more than anything in this world to me. My favorite poem is â€œFootprints in the Sandâ€ and as the poem says, â€œat the lowest times in my life, God carried me.â€ If it wasnâ€™t for that, Iâ€™m afraid to think where I would be today. What a joy it is to serve God.
“4 Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
5 Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.” Psalm 37:4-5
Laurie Campbell attends New Life church in Detroit, MI.