I’ve always really loved The Serenity Prayer. I’ve posted about it on a few occasions. For many people it is most associated with AA and rehabilitation. I’ve never struggled with addiction but I have struggled with the ups and downs of life as I know we all have. For me The Serenity Prayer has always been a comfort, a reminder of hope, and of courage. In my life I have experienced so many different things. In high school I lost a lot of people. I attended more funerals in four years than most people attend in 10.
It was difficult but in that time I looked to God for strength. When I was 15 just a few weeks before my 16th birthday my great grandmother suffered a stroke that left the doctors saying that she was going to die and they projected that she would pass away on Sept. 17th. September 17th is my birthday. While other girls plan for months to throw an obnoxiously large sweet 16 party where they are the center of attention, I was sitting there knowing that my great grandmother, the matriarch of my family was going to die. It was one of the tragedies that I experienced in that time.
It was a very difficult time for me but I always trusted that God would get me through that time and He did. I have found that it is in times of difficulty and uncertainty that our eyes are often opened to the things that matter the most. For my 16th birthday I wasn’t planning a party, I was visiting my great grandmother as much as I could before she passed away. Trials often show us where our priorities lie as opposed to where they should lie. Prayer was something that always meant a lot to me. In that time I sought God and I spent a lot of time in prayer. God has always been a constant for me in a life of variables. I have learned that we can plan all we want but sometimes we can’t control the outside circumstances of our lives.
I have found that no matter how hard things get God has always sustained me, He has always given me hope, and He has always brought me through to the other side. It may not have always looked like I thought it should or would but He always got me through in the end. In my life the Serenity Prayer has always reminded me that no matter how uncertain life is that I know which rock I stand on and He is my solid ground. It has continued to remind me of the hope I have in Jesus Christ.
I can not always control the circumstances that surround me but I can trust that God will be with me every step of the way and no matter what happens He will bring me through to the other side. Anyone who knows me knows that I have a Serenity Prayer necklace that I wear most of the time as a reminder that God is with me throughout the day no matter what happens. God will bring me peace in the storm just as He has always done.
I don’t know what anyone else’s story entails I can only share my own. I do pray that in a time of uncertainty that I can offer the Hope that only comes from Jesus Christ my Lord and Saviour.