The Cure for the Terminal Condition of Sin
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The 2021 CCA Auxiliary Scholarship
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THIRD PLACE ESSAY
"Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth." -- Psalm 46:10 One of the hardest parts for me about the confusion and hype of 2020 was that it felt inescapable. No matter which way I turned, it was all people talked about; and no matter how much I fought and resented it, I had to watch helplessly while my world was turned upside down by decisions and reactions that I had absolutely no say in. I hated that I
can be at rest, no matter what else seems to be going wrong. As Psalm 46: 10 puts it, I can give up my frantic striving, I can be still, because He is being exalted, and that is enough. Now we've arrived in 2021, and there are still many things that are uncertain and unknown. But I have learned that I can be content in any situation, even in the not knowing, through the simple confidence that God is being glorified in it. Rachel Martin is a student at Palmer University in Davenport, IA. She is to graduate in October of 2022. She became a member of the CCA in 2021.
Rachel Martin
couldn't shut it out, because it served as a constant and bitter reminder of just how little control I have. I knew in my head that the right answer to all the chaos was to cling to God as the only thing that matters, and that is stable and lasting in a constantly shifting world; but in my heart, I still struggled daily with the subtle underlying belief that what the world really needed was to just come to its senses and get back to normal. But God is a faithful teacher, and He is committed to the work of conforming us to Christ in every area, even our unspoken thoughts and unrecognized beliefs. One pivotal day, my heart was feeling particularly overwhelmed by the turbulence of my world, so I went outside to be alone for a while. I was crying out to God, asking Him again and again, "How long, Lord? When will it end? What good could You possibly be bringing out of this?” - when suddenly, in a moment of stillness, His voice stirred my heart: Is it enough for you to know that I am being glorified in this? I was stunned; I had never thought about it that way before. And with the thought came a sort of release in my soul. This at last was the answer: I didn't need to know how it would all end; I didn't need everything to go back to the way it was before; I didn't even need the assurance that someday truth would triumph over fear; it was enough just to know that He was on the throne and using all of it for His praise. And truthfully, what better outcome could I ask for? The world exist so that God will be glorified, and His glory is inseparably linked to my good; so as long as He is being glorified, then the world is right, and my heart
“Personal Lessons Christ Taught Me in the Confusion of 2020 by: Rachael Martin Palmer University
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