A warm stream of tears ran down her face as frustration raged in her heart and the "why" questions raced through her mind. She could not take it any longer. As she sat on the cold, hard bench, she questioned why she couldn't be out there smashing the ball like her star athlete teammate.
Why couldn't she serve the ball so ridiculously hard and fast like the other girls? Why couldn't she dig or set the ball perfectly? Did God even want her on the team for anything at all? Why would he make her suffer like this when he knew how bad she wanted this? She was good for nothing and she knew it.
Do you often wonder why you have to go through a trial in your life while it seems as though the life of the person next to you is a cake walk? It just doesn't seem fair. Unfortunately, even when it is super hard, God is the only one we can find hope in. He has a vast and beautiful plan for each and every person's life. Because he is omniscient, he already knows how our lives are going to play out and what decisions we will make before they happen. His omniscience gives us comfort because we then know we have a purpose. It also comforts because we are given peace knowing that we are not just on this earth to live and then die a while later. We have an ultimate purpose.
In Romans 8:28 it says, "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose."
If anything else doesn't give us hope, this verse should because when we have all things working together for our good, what can go wrong? If God loves us, cares for us and wants everything to work together for our good, why does it seem that we are constantly on a battlefield facing trials?
In 1 Peter 1:6-7 it says, "In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kind of trials. These have come so that your faith of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory, and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed." God gives us trial to teach us things. The lesson may be different every time. He may be trying to teach us patience, faith, humility, peace, or some other quality. Even though it is hard, we must rejoice in our hardship because we are growing closer to him.
Why did God allow the perfectly capable volleyball player to sit on the bench even after she had put in hundreds of hours of hard work and practice?
It might have been to teach her humility. Also, if she had not been sitting there she may have never gotten the opportunity to hear the testimony of the two-time cancer survivor who took stats for the team. If she had not had the chance to sit there she probably would not have a relationship with her teammates. Most importantly, if she was not sitting there God could not have used this situation to test and strengthen her faith. We do not know God's exact reasoning and we may not ever know; however, we must put our full faith in God. We must trust that he knows what he is doing and he will make everything work together for our good.
McKinzie Fettig is a junior at Our Redeemer's Christian School in Minot.