Meet Katy from Ground Zero.
One night during worship there was no denying God was there—I couldn’t help but cry. At that very moment I knew I would never be alone again. It was one of the most amazing moments I had ever experienced.
However, throughout the entire situation, God was standing right by my side.
I was seeing a life coach during this time to help me work through the issues my dad and I were facing and learned a lot of helpful communication strategies. I was seeing my dad occasionally for coffee or lunch, however there were many times when I felt very abandoned by him. I was reminded that God, my Father, will far exceed my biological father—he is all that I need.
I am fortunate that God placed many wonderful friends and role models in my life, two of them being my small group leaders, Kelly and Jen. They have helped me through my many battles. Sometimes, after meeting with my dad, I would feel hopeless and broken. Some days were tougher than others—certain things throughout the week would cause the pain to resurface. Then, I would get a text from one of my leaders or best friends reminding me to pray and that I had a God who loves me and he would give me the strength to keep going.
As I entered my junior year, I hadn’t seen my dad in months and hadn’t spoken much to him either. We had planned to meet in September. I was nervous about this meeting and asked my friends and family to pray for me and for him as we sat down together that afternoon. While talking it became evident that God was working, my dad was listening to me, really listening. I can’t deny God’s work that day. My dad and I recommitted to working on our relationship and I pray before each time we meet. Knowing that God’s strength is within me gives me the courage to keep going and move forward.
My faith story is a growing one—one where I’m on a bumpy road and will continue to face curves, loops and bumps, but will always be able to have God as my navigator. He is my rock and my Savior.