Regan - Rooted
“I grew up calling a lot of places home. By the time I was five, I had lived in nine different states. The places I stayed the longest were Alabama and Louisiana. Most of my childhood was spent in Alabama and my highschool/college years in Louisiana.
Growing up in the South came with its own cultural expectations, namely, being a regular attendee at a local church. Because my mom is a “good southern woman”, she took me and my younger brother to church every Sunday and Wednesday. I'm so grateful she did. This caused me to know Jesus personally from a very young age. I was four when I decided to follow Him and I have never regretted it. However, following Jesus does not mean that my life has been without hardship.I have since experienced many hard things in my life, some of which happened in college.
The beginning of my college career began with the news that my parents had decided to separate. I felt both overwhelmed and betrayed by my dad. “How could he leave us?” I thought. This was just the beginning of the hardest four years of my life.
By the time my senior year of college came around, my parents were two weeks away from their divorce being final. They had every intention of being divorced, that is, until my mom was diagnosed with Thyroid Cancer. My brother and I were crushed. My dad decided to call off the divorce and take care of her. Little did he know, she would be the one soon taking care of him. Three months after my mom’s diagnosis, my dad was diagnosed with Superficial Siderosis of the Central Nervous System (a degenerative brain disease), Diabetes, and Cancer. His health declined quickly and, within seven months, he died.
It was in my moments of despair that Jesus drew near to me. When I could no longer bear the emotional burden of my family, Jesus grabbed my hand and held me close. He walked with me through my parent's separation, my parent's cancers, and my dad's unfortunate death. He gave me hope when I was hopeless, joy when I was overwhelmed with depression, and true friendship when I felt alone.
No matter what you're going through in life Jesus can be these things to you as well: your hope, your joy, and your friend. He will make you rooted. All you need to do is ask.” -Regan