Everything Happens for a Reason

Katie - Olpe, Kansas
Entered on May 11, 2009
Age Group: 18 - 30

God works in mysterious ways. Sometimes he fails to grant even our utmost desires and whishes after waiting time and time again. At times, he might even put us in a situation that we feel we can not handle. This happens to me quite often. However, I believe that God never gives anyone anything they cannot handle. I believe that everything happens for a reason. Whenever I am overwhelmed and feel like I’m sinking to the ocean floor, I remind myself to remember the Serenity Prayer. The prayer reads, “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.” When I feel like I can not handle even one more thing in my life, I remind myself that everything happens for a reason and only good will come of anything I do in the end.

I am a person who can become stressed very easily. Being a senior and with the end of my high school career near, I have reflected on how the previous year has gone by. After doing so, I do not think anything could have prepared me for the stress I have recently faced. I can easily say that this past year has by far been the most stressful year of my life. Choosing the right college for me and figuring out how my family and I were going to pay for college stressed me out beyond belief. Throughout the stressful moments, I truly believe God helped me through each of them. Taking time to myself to pray allows me to collect my thoughts and stay grounded.

Also, I was just recently in a car accident. I was driving home from a friend’s house on a gravel road at night when I lost control and ran my car into a tree in a ditch on the driver’s side door. Miraculously, I was not hurt at all. Not even a scratch. This all happened for a reason. I believe God was with me that night. I know he kept me safe, but I also know he wanted me to learn a lesson. After experiencing what I did, I know I have become a more cautious driver and do not take anything for granted.

Sometimes my life can get a little hectic. For me, God is my rock. Without him in my life, I wouldn’t be the person I am. He has a plan for everyone. Trusting the plan he gives might sometimes be difficult to do, but the rewards for doing so are unimaginable. I believe everything happens for a reason.