Two years ago, while Rob was in China on an RTS field trip, I began my journey in the world of Facebook. Within 24 hours I had become friends with 150 people from my past, including a friend from fourth grade. In a short period of time I was utterly struck with how many of my friends were no longer walking with the Lord.
I get it. Life is hard, the road is crooked. "Consider what the Lord has done: who can make straight, what God has made crooked?" (Ecc. 7:13) Being 20-something is an invincible feeling. You can accomplish anything and life is on your side. You are still young enough to achieve more than your predecessors and the resolutions one makes in his/her twenties seem plausible. You are on top of the world. Youth, beauty, talent, freedom.
But life happens. Any number of circumstances can happen--from marriage and kids to moral dilemmas, tragedies and bad luck. It's like God sifts us out and if we haven't fallen through the holes of the sieve, we are in His hand. Otherwise, we fall. So many I know have fallen. The only reason I haven't is because God has held me in His hand.
It is not always a comforting place to be, because, as Job said, "Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him." (Job `13:15) He does slay us--not us, but the sin nature within us. Praise be to God. I want to always be grateful for His refining fire. Soli Deo Gloria.