Lauren Huck is currently a sophomore at Blue Valley High School, and has been attending services with her family at the Church of the Resurrection for fifteen years. She was confirmed into the church two years ago.
God is with us every step of our journey. He celebrates our victories and cries over our losses. His presence is always with us; however, it’s up to us whether or not we are aware of it.
I strayed from God’s path in the seventh grade, after my dad passed away from cancer. My depressed state of mind caused me to ignore the Lord, who was walking and weeping beside me. There were so many signs for me to accept God’s help, and return to the Sunday morning church services, but none of them made sense. How could God want me to walk his path after I had experienced such a significant loss?
It wasn’t until a year later that I attended another church service. Granted, it was because my grandparents were in town, but nonetheless, I acknowledged how far I had strayed from God’s light. After accepting my faith again, I began to live a new life where I wasn’t feeling alone.
At some point in all of our lives, we question whether or not God’s path is the right one.
I can relate this to Matthew 1:20-21 when the Lord says, “Joseph, son of David, don’t be afraid to take Mary as your wife, because the child she carries was conceived by the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you will call him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”
I can’t imagine the confusion Joseph must’ve been feeling after hearing these words from his Lord. The child Mary is carrying is not his, but he asked him to name and raise him as if he were. Despite having his own doubts, Joseph had faith, and listened to God.
Following the path of Christ doesn’t mean a life free of pain or sorrow, but rather guidance through life’s challenges.
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