God doesn’t make things easy.

At least, that’s how I felt over the past few months. However, God revealed to me His heart towards this through many things He brought into my life.

At Character Camp the leaders gave an illustration on how staying inside our comfort zone can keep us from God’s best for us. One teacher stood inside a box while the other told her to grab a chocolate bar that was across the room. The leader in the box couldn’t reach it because she was confined to her comfort zone. Not only was this effective in teaching the kids the importance of stepping out in faith, but God also used it to show me that He wants to grow my faith as well.

One of the Monday night sessions we have at ITG was about the hidden power of trials. Though I naturally run from things that are difficult, the book of Hebrews says that without faith it is impossible to please God, and 1 Peter says that trials make our faith stronger. Once I come to trust that God has a good purpose in allowing my trials, I can embrace them instead of running away from them. Our instructor that night used a lever to illustrate this lesson. The lever is a simple machine used to gain leverage and lift heavy objects. In order to increase leverage, we move the fulcrum closer to the weight, not farther from it. In the same way, God doesn’t want us to run away from things that are difficult, but towards them, viewing those hard things as opportunities to grow in faith.

Instead of making my life as easy as possible, God is strengthening my faith and relationship with Him. I’m so thankful that God is teaching me exactly what I’ve needed to learn, at exactly the right season in my life. Crystal Collins, Education Director

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