Daniel Foster | @DanielFoster07
Saved at the age of eight, I didn’t really experience a dramatic change in my life the moment I accepted Christ. I mean, at eight I wasn’t heavily involved in sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll if you catch my drift. However, I did buy into a lie sold by satan himself, that I believe he attempts to sell to all new believers - that once I became a Christian, life was going to be incredibly easy. Now that I have Jesus on my side, bad days were a thing of the past, right?
Wrong. The good life lasted about a year, and then my parents got divorced. I remember it like it was yesterday. On that night it felt like my entire life was caving in. At nine years old, my family had been torn apart. I remember the anger and confusion I held towards God. As a Christian, why in the world would God allow such heartache to enter my family? A question that would go years unanswered.
Five years later I had just began getting involved in my youth group and it was then I was dealt yet another blow. On September 2, 2003 I was admitted to Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital where I was diagnosed with Crohn’s. Over the next 26 days while I remained hospitalized, I was absolutely devastated. Again, I could not understand why a loving God would allow something such as this to happen to one of His children.
However, It was during this time I began to feel God wrap His arms around me, but it wasn’t in a way that I expected. It was through the church. The body of Christ. While in the hospital, I would receive daily visits from pastors, students, parents, and even random strangers. At this moment I began to understand the importance of the church. People I hardly knew, extending God’s love, encouragement, and joy with my family and myself. It was through these relationships I would soon become deeply rooted within my youth group - a place where I would receive my call into ministry years later.
I’m currently in my 7th year of youth ministry. As I reflect on the tough times I’ve experienced over my lifetime, I’m convinced that God brought me through those moments to equip me to minister to those inside and outside of my church that too have faced or are currently facing hard times. As Christians, Jesus never promised we wouldn’t walk through the fire. He just promised He would walk with us and we would not be consumed.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. (Isaiah 43:2)
Daniel Foster comes from the outskirts of Atlanta. He serves on staff at DeVotie Baptist Church where he is the student pastor. Daniel is a fan of the Georgia Bulldogs and the Atlanta Braves. You can find him on Twitter at @danielfoster07.
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