God will walk with you when everyone else walks away.
When God called me to start a Christian club, I was happy to obey. Yet, throughout my journey, my most common complaint was “God, why must I walk this path alone?” Don’t get me wrong, I had my parents, but they couldn’t go to school with me. They couldn’t follow me into the principal’s office. And the people who could; my classmates and friends, well…they didn’t. I only had one friend who actively helped me before my story hit the news. There was only one friend who saw my triumph, along with the tears and trials that came before it. This friend is not a high schooler. He is a Jewish carpenter who lived over 2,000 years ago!
I felt incredibly alone, and I knew I was not capable of fulfilling my calling by myself. I found it easy to relate to the prophet Jeremiah. “‘Oh Sovereign Lord’ I said, ‘I can’t speak for you! I’m too young!’ The Lord replied, ‘Don’t say, “I’m too young,’ for you must go wherever I send you and say whatever I tell you. And don’t be afraid of the people, for I will be with you and will protect you. I, the Lord, have spoken!’” (Jeremiah 1:6-8)
God created us to need companionship. When you are doing what God wants you to do, at some point you are going to struggle. The enemy wants you to quit and one of his methods of doing this is by making you think you are alone. When you stand for the Lord, you may be surprised to find that you stick out like a sore thumb. I am not saying your friends will abandon you; they just might not be interested in “your Jesus thing.” But Jesus is always interested in what you are doing, especially if it’s for the Kingdom. He is a perfect friend who will never leave you. He can keep you strong in any struggle and will equip you for any calling.
Challenge: I challenge you to walk with Jesus, even when that means walking alone.
Jesus promised to always be with us. When you feel alone because you chose to pursue God’s calling on your life, talk to Him. He will listen and understand even if no one else does. His grace will be sufficient for you.
-Daniela Barca, New York Student, Standing Strong