In our generation, we haven’t seen many wars. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t any, because those battles are where we least expect them: ourselves. There’s a constant struggle within us and everyone is fighting a different war.  Despite our smiles and laughter, deep inside there’s a battle, and we have to fight to win them. My battle is trusting in God.


You’re probably thinking okay, that’s cool and all…but why are we talking about this? When I was thirteen, my grandfather died. I was hurting inside and fighting against God because I was frustrated and angry.  My friends convinced me to go on the summer retreat, but I went reluctantly. While there, God had a powerful message for me: trust Him no matter what and whatever happens is His will for my life.  During the retreat, the exact same night when God was telling me to trust Him, my dad had a heart attack. Don’t worry – he lived.  But when I got back from the retreat and found out about it, I realized just how powerful God is.  He knew what to tell me that night.  He knew I’d come back from the retreat with newfound hope.  And He knew that my dad’s heart attack would convince me that my life – and everyone I love lives – are in his hands completely.


It’s hard to rely on someone else because we’re independent people with minds of our own.  To give over control of our lives is seemingly impossible…but that’s what God wants us to do.  Even through everything, I still struggle to trust God. He’s shown me all His power and given every reason to trust Him, but it’s hard.  No matter what, He’ll always look out for me – and you too. Through everything, whether we want Him to or not, God’s hand is over us, keeping us safe.  Nowadays, my favorite verse is Zephaniah 3:17 “The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves.” This verse, to me at least, is God in one sentence.  He rescued us from our sin and He protects us. Our God is so powerful and He’s with us.  Which gives us a choice: trust in ourselves…or trust in the Mighty Warrior, our Lord.