God at Work: Claire Greene
God at Work // What God is Teaching Our Students
It’s our last post in the series “God at Work” and we have been so blessed by all of the students who have been open enough to share about what God has been ministering to them lately. This week, high school sophomore, Claire Greene, has written about what exactly she’s been learning in this season that she has been walking through.
“When I was first asked to share about what God has been teaching me, I had no idea what to say. I knew that God had been teaching me so much lately, but I just didn’t know how to say it. After a lot of prayer, God put it on my heart to share about focusing on Him.
I have recently been going through a dry season in my life. I hadn’t been hearing God’s voice as much as I usually did and he had really been testing my faith. For me, not hearing God’s voice was really hard. It began to get more and more difficult to focus on Him. I found myself caught in this endless routine of going to school and then church. I had begun to just go through the motions, and because of that I started to become really stressed out and distanced myself from the people around me. But even in my struggles, God provided me with help. God showed me that just because I can’t hear Him doesn’t mean that He can’t hear me. I learned that you can’t let yourself forget who God is just because things aren’t easy.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 says, “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” It is so important that we realize that our assessment of our suffering will change based on where we are looking. When we fix our eyes on Christ, the relative size of our current pain fades from view. In comparison, it is light and momentary.
One of the biggest things that God has ever taught me is that there is a purpose for the pain. Even when we walk away He chases after us. When we forget who He is, He reminds us. He lets us hit rock bottom so that we will discover that he is the rock at the bottom.”
- Claire Greene (high school sophomore)