News is often depressing, scary and worrisome. No matter how much you try to ignore it, you are slapped in the face by reality. Wars, nations uprising, mass killings, fleeing Christians have become words that get stuck in the mind. You start to ask yourself, “Am I safe? Will we be terrorized? Is something horrible going to happen?”
In times like these, doubt creeps in and you begin to wonder, “Where is God in all of this?” For some, they may also ask, “Does this mean it is the end times?” Others question, “Will I have a normal life where I can go to college, start my career or have a family?”
To answer all these questions, I only need to give you one answer. Rely on Jesus.
King David endured through battles and wars and a loss of a dear friend. Job suffered the loss of his family, horrendous boils all over his body, rejection and isolation. Paul suffered imprisonment, being beaten and stoned for his faith. They all had a relationship with God and trusted Him. Their faith in Him still speaks loudly today as we read God’s Word and walk in our own faith.
As a teen, the trials and tribulations that you suffer or see in others are only temporary. God did not mean it for a lifetime. God also wants you to put your complete faith in Him and to not give up hope. He sees and knows every detail of your life and what you are going through. He knows when you are afraid, when you are deeply pained, saddened and broken. He hears your heart and so dearly wants to minister to you.
Two weeks ago, we had a tragedy at our home. Daniela, my 16-year-old daughter, saw the horrible mauling death of our loveable cat named Popcorn (nicknamed Poppy) by a neighbor’s dog. There was nothing we could do to save her and the images of what we saw were painful.
However, in the midst of this happening, God already foresaw beforehand and sent a nurse to walk by just as it was being played out. This nurse was a comfort to us by explaining what was happening to Poppy as we were saying our goodbyes.
Four days later, Daniela was in the car crying on the way to youth group. She had asked, “Can we get a new kitten, maybe two? I want a brother and sister and one of them being a black colored kitty.” I told her that we would think about it and pray it over. After dropping her off, I ran into the Pastor and shared with him what transpired at our home.
In our conversation, Pastor and his wife told me that someone in the church was fostering cats and had two kittens available.
I immediately called this sister in the Lord to inquire about them. She responded, “It’s a brother and sister and one of them is black.” When I told Daniela, she broke down crying and said, “God really did hear me. He cared about me, enough to give me what I had hoped for.”
You see, she didn’t really ask God for those kittens, but God knew ahead of time of her request and answered her in her time of need. God answers you in your time of need too. Whether you are afraid of tomorrow or what becomes of the world, Christ is with you every step of the way.
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything; tell God your needs, and don’t forget to thank him for his answers. If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will keep your thoughts and your hearts quiet and at rest as you trust in Christ Jesus.