I remember meeting Stevie about five years ago, when I worked as her director, for an underrepresented minority program. When she came into my office, she was frail, troubled and filled with a lot of pain. She was a delicate case, and I didn’t really know how to help her, so I did the only thing I knew how. I allowed God to use me to minister to her. While many would not deem that to be ideal or the best solution, I knew what He had to give her, would serve her far better than anything I could do. It wasn’t easy, because she was a work in progress, but I stayed connected with her after our meeting. I wanted to make sure she was well, but most of all, I wanted to offer her continued support, because I knew from her circumstances, she was going through the fire.
What she didn’t know was that she was going through it but would not stay in it. Like her, most people are in some pretty scolding hot situations, questioning if they’ll get out. I, for one, am one of them. What helps me quite often, is knowing no matter how difficult things are, I’m not in it by myself. As much as I feel alone, forgotten and thrown in the fiery furnace, God is right there with me. He promised to never leave me nor forsake me, and if he did it for the three “Hebrew boys,” he’ll do it for me, you, and Stevie. It’s a hard thing to process and believe, but God oftentimes thrusts us into the fire. It’s never to harm you but prepare you. He has a purpose, something that’s bigger than all of us. As you’re going through, your “faith will come under fire”. You’ll need to protect it at all costs, because more than anything, it’s what’s targeted most.