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by Gracie Adamek
I’m not the kind of person who handles change at all well. I never have been. One time, I think I was about eight or nine, we got a new front door and I cried. Another time, probably just after we got the new door, my mom cut her long, beautiful hair and I got so mad and once again cried. See what I mean? Change and I do not mix well. I mean, I handle those little things much better now! But I still don’t like change. And being in high school, when life seems to change so much, I tend to feel very alone at times. I just don’t know what to do.
The summer after my freshman year, June 21, 2011 to be exact, one of my best friends died in a car accident. Taylor Stinchcomb and I were so close and no one that I had ever really had a close connection with had passed away before. Imagine how I handled this big of a change in my life if I couldn’t even handle getting a new front door. That’s why I’m glad to have a God who is always constant. When I was going through something that was so hard and so foreign to me, I had a God that I knew I could rely on to help me get through the days of pain. When I think about Taylor, almost a year and half later, it’s still painful, but I know I don’t have to go through it alone. Not only do I have an amazing family, friends and church community who know exactly what I’m dealing with, but I also have God. He’s always there for me.
That’s so comforting, especially now when I’m dealing with something that’s even harder than losing a best friend. In early August, my grandma was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. The doctors said that as long as it didn’t spread to her liver or stomach, they could to chemotherapy and radiation and then surgery to get rid of the tumor. Just before Thanksgiving, she went to the hospital for a scan and we got the devastating news that the cancer had spread to both her liver and stomach so there was no way to do surgery. My grandma, my favorite person in the world and the strongest woman of God I know, is dying. It just doesn’t seem real. This is by far the hardest thing I’ve ever had to deal with and it’s not even over yet. My grandma is like the glue of my family. She is a spiritual role model, motherly figure to many in and outside of my family and always giving her time, money and love to others who need it.
Everything around me is changing. Everything is different. Things will never stop evolving and new and different things are going to happen to me.
But the one thing in my life that I can always count on to be the same is God! I always know where I stand with Him, and I always know that I can come to Him with the same hurt and brokenness and He will understand and love me just the same!
God will always be there for me. He doesn’t make me play guessing games or update my Bible because He thought it was time to do something a little different.
God is God. He always was, is and will be God. That is honestly one of my favorite facts, and there’s no change in that.
Gracie Adamek is a junior at Lakes Community High School. She enjoys singing, acting and spending time with friends! Gracie is so grateful for this opportunity and hopes to glorify God one hundred percent through this!