Stepping Out in Faith

Ashley Thorne February 16, 2013 0 comments

My journey with God probably isn’t what a lot of people think it is.  I grew up in a family, where the existence of God was something that was never questioned, but it was never really talked about either.  My family only went to church on major holidays, and I was never involved in the youth groups offered.  I never had a personal relationship with Jesus, but hearing about all the exciting and fun things that the kids would talk about upon returning from retreats, would make me wish I could experience them too.  But, I just always felt like I couldn’t join in because “I didn’t know anyone”, or “I didn’t know the Bible, so I would just look stupid”, or “they already have their friends, and everyone will just look at me and wonder WHY is she here?” 

Coming to college, I knew I wanted to get involved with the religious life, but I didn’t know how.  My group of friends didn’t want to get involved, and I didn’t want to show up at these events by MYSELF!  So, again, I let those scary questions get in the way of what I really felt like I was being drawn to.  I let this go on until 2nd semester of my sophomore year.  It was then that I decided, “You know what I’m doing it!” 

I took a step in faith and signed up for the winter retreat, without knowing who was signed up!  It turned out to be the most rewarding experience of my life; I met some really amazing people, and found my relationship with God!  I let my own insecurities get in the way of the best relationship I could ever ask for, and I didn’t even know it!  I know that there are others who feel like me, and I am here to tell you, that if you take that first step, God will be with you every step of the way!  (Matthew 14:22-33)

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