I’m the type of person that loves to know what’s coming. Things that are unknown to me freak me out a little bit, which is why I don’t like to fly. I’ve never liked the idea of shooting 30,000 feet above the ground even though I’ve been flying multiple times a year since I was a little girl. Plane crashes are probably my number one fear and the thought of “what if” consumes me. I can never sleep on planes because of my nerves, so that 9 hour flight to London was a looooong one. I’ve flown through thunderstorms praying that we wouldn’t get hit by lightning and turbulence that felt like we dropped 10,000 feet in two seconds. However, I still fly because I’m not going to live in fear and what’s waiting on the other side of me is not going to be beat out by hypothetical situations. I’m sure you can relate. Everyone has something that they still do even though they are afraid of it.
I stumbled across Romans 5 the other day when I was reading an article on one of my favorite websites, Desiring God. Desiring God is John Piper’s website where he shares his sermons and commentary on different Biblical topics as well as brings in guest contributors who share their own blogs on Biblical topics. I highly recommend it. Anyway, the first section of Romans 5 is about peace and hope–a section I might as well just memorize.
The part of Romans 5 that really speaks to me is, “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.”
In order to build this Christian strength that leads to hope, we must go through growth to get there. Like a runner must build up endurance to be able to run further, we must endure the hard times to build character and thus hope in God’s plan.
The beautiful thing about the Bible is that it’s true. Like any Christian I have faced and am facing trials. Life is not perfect at all and that’s just part of it. In the midst of my fears and future the Lord provides promise that these trials are for a reason, which is easily forgotten in the eye of the storm. These never-ending trials in my life will result in something that will benefit me as a person–hope. I am a self-admitted nervous flier, but my peace and hope are not in the fact that I will arrive at each destination safely because there is no guarantee of that. My peace and hope comes from knowing that the living God who died for me on the cross is waiting on the other side. There are so many trials in my life that the Lord has helped me overcome, but they always bring something amazing on the other side–like an unforgettable trip to London. That is what I must remember every morning when I awake to a new day.
There are no guarantees in this life other than the fact that if you know Jesus and the gift of His salvation you will see Him one day. For me on a plane, I seem to think that day will come sooner than later but I’m working on it. In fact, one of my favorite worship songs has a line in it that says, “Let go my soul and trust in Him. The waves and wind still know His name.” A perfect summation of His control in each trial I face. In a season of life that is full of uncertainty Romans 5 is a refreshing reminder that God is not surprised by anything, even my trials. In fact, He uses them to better me and to grow my hope in Him. A hope that will never disappoint.
Holly Hoehner is a public relations senior at the University of Oklahoma. She considers herself more of a Russell Westbrook than a Kevin Durant and enjoys learning about and participating in the digital age, blogging about anything that comes to her mind and creating witty Instagram captions. Holly was raised a die-hard Sooner fan in Edmond, OK.