Keep Your Faith
I always say that the path is lonely, but that doesn't mean that the path is wrong.
Today as I was running and scrolling through old memories. I thought about all the struggles in my life and I said to myself, "Man, I'm in a much better place now, but I don't want to say I made it. I don't feel like any of us make it until we're dead."
Today as I was running, I thought about my former self, the version of me who'd come out to this same park. That version of me was stressed; that version had no idea where his life was going to go. I was so lost and confused and full of pain that I had no idea what to do with my life.
I remember there was one point where I just said the words, "God got me."
I said that simple phrase and I told myself, "Stop learning on your understanding, Trent. Stop trying to make the sense of it, because you can't predict the plan God has for your life."
Certain things have to fail so that God's true purpose for your life can succeed. Sometimes, what God has called you to do isn't what you could ever see yourself doing. I never wanted to be a speaker, or have this platform. I'm naturally introverted, and I never could have predicted that I'd be reaching all of you today.
Some of you are in the middle of a storm. Some of you are trying to bring closure and understanding to a bad situation. You're asking God why you're in your struggle, but it's hard to see when you're in a storm.
Let me tell you something: It isn't going to make sense until it makes sense.
No one understands the purpose of a storm until new flowers have grown, so stop asking God why you're in your struggle. When I look back on my life, I can count all the things I needed to lose in order to gain what I have now. I can count all the doors that closed so other ones could open.
Faith is hard. Many of us preach faith, but believing in your struggle so much you're grateful for it is extremely difficult. I know how difficult faith is, but when you're going through your darkest hours, nothing else is going to get you through. You've got to get out of the driver's seat and give God the wheel. It's hard to trust in anything but one's own understanding, but when your whole life is in disarray, you've got to learn to trust in something greater.
It all starts with you.