I Believe

Hannah - Overland Park, Kansas
Entered on April 30, 2009
Age Group: Under 18

I Believe

What do you believe in? This question may be hard for some people to answer. Some may believe what they are told. Others may believe in nothing. I believe in God. I also believe He has a reason for everything, and he wants nothing but good things for us. There may be points in our lives where our faith may waiver because we don’t understand why God allows certain things to happen. I know when I go through a hard time my faith can waiver, but there are also points in my life when my faith has gotten stronger after I have gone through a difficult time. I believe God has a purpose for everything that happens, whether it’s good or bad. I know that in the end everything will work out if I trust in God. I just need to have that confidence in God.

There have been times in my life when I have questioned why God let something happen. I don’t understand why there are devastating hurricanes and terrorist attacks. I don’t understand why there are people who get murdered and kids who die from cancer. Recently, a family friend passed away. He was 45. He had a disease called ALS. The motor neuron cells along the spinal cord deteriorate. Your muscles stop working resulting in paralyzation and eventually death. A person with advanced ALS can only sit there and wait for the inevitable. This disease is difficult to diagnose. Doctors diagnose it by testing for a lot of similar diseases and if those tests come back negative then you have ALS. Our friend’s disease developed very rapidly and within about a year he couldn’t walk. Most people live at least three years after they are diagnosed; he died after two years. He was a husband and the father of two young kids. He died on April 15, 2009.

It was hard for me to grasp why God wanted to take him to heaven with Him. It was hard for me to understand why God wanted to take him away from his family and friends at such a young age, and why he had to suffer like he did. Having my faith and knowing that our friend knew God, helps me. Someday, I will see the big picture and understand God’s plan. For now, I just have to put my faith in Him because He knows what He’s doing.