This past year was the most difficult one of my life.
As holds true in any trial that we face, I have learned so much and seen so much of God’s faithfulness to me, but it has come in the midst of great pain.
I wish I could share what happened to me, but the truth is, I am not ready. But I will say that in the storm, I learned how much God really loves me, and I learned how much human beings – even the ones who follow Jesus – can let us down.
Since I was young, I’ve always loved to tell stories. I love the way that a good story is woven together, with all of the plot twists and turns that, in the end, fit together perfectly.
Storytelling might seem like entertainment, but there is a lot of power in a good story. If you don’t believe me, take a look at the Bible! This book is packed with powerful stories of individuals to whom God was faithful—all woven into a greater story of God’s redemptive plan for the world.
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. This is what the ancients were commended for.”
We always talk about people who have “strong faith”. The ones who were able to receive an impossible promise from God and believe him for it. The ones who trusted God in the midst of awful circumstances and were brought through to the other side. The ones who remained firm in their faith, even through torture or death.
What do we do when faced with the reality that we might lose the one thing we desire the most? How we choose to view God at these pivotal “about to lose everything” moments has the power to change the course of history.
Abraham had waited over 20 years for his promise from God to come to pass: Your wife Sarah will give birth to a son in old age, and your offspring will form a mighty nation that God will ultimately use to save the entire earth.