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studentLife Blog: God is _______. - Week 4

by Abby Lator on June 16, 2021


Let’s be real, life can be a real bummer sometimes. Look at the last year. We have been living in a world of chaos, fear, cancellations, and ever-changing rules and regulations. The way we have lived our lives for the past year is unlike anything anyone could have imagined. School was different, not always in a good way. We were constantly shifting from online to face-to-face and back again. That’s hard. Even as someone who has always done well in school…adjusting to these changes was HARD. Family gatherings were different if they happened at all, communicating with our friends changed, eating out was different (or should I say eating in,) even going to church was different! We lived in a world of isolation and confusion for the better part of this past year. So much has changed about our world, but one thing has remained the same. Our God is the one constant in our lives. As we make our way through the world, God is the only thing to remain unchanged.

Growing up I faced a lot of uncertainty and change. Divorce, lack of money, new homes, jobs, loss of friendships, just to name a few. But the one that hit me the hardest was my mom being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in late 2019. So rare that the doctor only found 3 previous cases that had been researched. This was a scary time of confusion and uncertainty. The doctors had no idea where to begin when it came to fighting this. So much about our lives changed when we heard the diagnosis. Doctors’ appointments, trying all sorts of new medications, uncontrollable pain, and frustration. Throughout this time, I leaned on God more than I ever have. He was the one completely stable and constant thing in my life. He was always there when I needed to talk, when I needed to cry, and even when I needed to yell. During this valley in my life, I began to slip back into the depression I once lived in. I avoided people, I started to become quiet and closed off again (for those of you that know me well know that is not at all who I am…) I even tried to avoid going on the studentLife trip that January. But, as usual, God had different plans for me.

He knew exactly what I needed, as He always does. He was there by my side throughout the whole thing. It didn’t matter how angry I was with God. It didn’t even matter how hard I tried to push Him away. He constantly found ways to pull me back to Him. He even introduced me to the song that got me through my mom’s 14-hour surgery and still helps me through her ongoing battle, “Raise A Hallelujah” by Bethel. As I sit here listening to this song again, I am reminded of all of God’s promises to us. God is there throughout the unbelievable moments, the ones that bring us to our knees, but He is also there in the moments where we feel on top of the world. One of my favorite lines of the song is “Heaven comes to fight for me.” Whether we are thriving or struggling to make it to the next day, God is on our team. He has never stopped fighting for me, and He will certainly never stop fighting for you. So, sing in the middle of the storm, to the one who is constant.

When it feels as though things around us are falling apart, our friends are changing and feel a million miles away, when things at home just keep getting worse, when school seems impossible and never ending, when schools or jobs turn us down, God is there. He is always right there! Nothing we do will cause Him to turn away from us. Even when we have spent months avoiding spending time with Him or growing closer to Him, he is constant. The next time everything around you is crumbling or changing, lift your prayers and praises to the one who is constant.