After a couple of underachieving semesters at college, I found myself dismissed from school. Poor decisions on my part left me with a choice to make. I could sit in my pity pot and cast blame all around me or I could move forward. My choice was to attend community college and reapply to the university. It was both a humbling and necessary experience in my life.
In Isaiah 43 God tells us, “Do not fear, I have redeemed you… you are mine.” The chapter goes on to tell us that as the waters rise to overtake us and as the fires try to consume us, do not fear because God is with us. In our struggles and in our times when we have to experience something unpleasant, we must remember that God call us by name, that He has already redeemed us, and that He is always with us.
Perhaps your trial is yet to come or perhaps there are another trial or two yet to come in your life. Maybe your trial was not with college but was found in words such as “I want a divorce” or “We did eveything we could, but…” or in something equally traumatic. There are and will be points in our lives when we all will have a choice to make. Will we allow the event or the circumstances to define us or will we call on our heavenly Father and place our trust in Him?
In our trials, we must remember to claim our identity as a beloved child of God. As the water rises or as the fire laps at us, we must remember that God does not want us to fear but to trust in Him instead. The trials are real and they will come, but if we choose God, the fires will only refine us; they do not define us. In our trials, may we cast all of our fears on Him and lean into God’s loving and protecting arms.
Scripture reference: Isaiah 43: 1-7