//Paul Walker and God//

This past weekend the Actor Paul Walker died Tribute Video.
As a teenage girl growing up in the 90’s I was one of many who would watch the
movie She’s All That over and over again so I could stare at Paul Walker’s
beautiful face. If you asked me who my crush was it would have been him. It’s
funny how we feel like we “know” a celebrity or public figure because
we have seen them on the big screen or have read interviews they have done or
in my case had pictures of them all over our walls when we were teenagers.

Most famously known for his role in The
Fast and the Furious
movies Paul Walker passed away at the young age of 40 in a
flaming car crash leaving behind a 15 year old daughter. What was meant to be a
quick joy ride with a friend turned into a tragic end to not only his life but
the life of his friend who was a father as well.
I feel almost weird that someone I didn’t
know has impacted me emotionally these last few days. I am sad. My heart aches
for their families especially their children who are now left without fathers.
The real reason I am writing about Paul Walker is because to us who didn’t know
him we see an actor, someone listed on People’s Magazine several times as one
of the most beautiful people in the world, someone who “made it” according to
the worlds standards, but he was just a man, a human being like you and I. 
We all come into this world alone and we all leave this world alone, whether
your name is Paul Walker or Joe Schmoe down the street. No matter what you look
like, how much money you make, if you were famous or not, or what your social
status was. Everyone dies. No one is exempt from death, even those who seem invincible
to us.
After I hear about anyone’s passing I
always start asking the same questions. Why am I here? What’s the point to this
life? Do I believe in heaven, in God, in life after death? Why is there death?
Why is there tragedy and sorrow? Why is there pain? Why would a loving God
allow pain and suffering? Etc… Just because I am a Christian doesn’t mean I
don’t struggle with these questions. I believe every person on this planet asks
these questions from time to time no matter what their beliefs are.
 I heard a sermon this past weekend
at our church and I cried. I cried because of the beauty in the message. I
cried because of the truth and honesty because of the pain because of the love
because of the raw humanness of the message.  It was entitled “God
with Us- His Presence in the Absence” If I could count how many times I have
felt alone wandering through this life afraid, feeling abandoned and crying out
“God my God why have you forsaken me” it would be a lot as I am sure
it has been for you as well. The good news is this feeling of absence is all
over the bible David, Job, even Jesus asked the same question. 
 The most common
question in the bible is “God where are you?”(Psalms 22). God’s
response, I am with you. I am present in the absence. The most common command
in the bible is “Do not fear I am with you” (Psalms 23). God is
present with me walking with me in the pain and sufferings of this world. God
meets me in the darkest places in my life He doesn’t leave me to walk in them
alone. He doesn’t leave me at the entrance of the tunnel of chaos and say don’t
worry Fawn this one’s going to be a doozey IF you make it through I’ll be waiting on the other side. No, He walks THROUGH it with me. Holding my hand and often carrying
me through when I don’t have the strength to keep walking. That to me is beautiful and touches the depths my soul. It gives me
hope, which is what Christianity is all about. The promise of eternal life in heaven when we are gone from this life here on earth and that’s only becaue of Love. The love of Jesus.

Standing on this mountain top

Looking just how far we’ve come

Knowing that for every step 

You were with us

Kneeling on this battleground

Seeing just how much You’ve done

Knowing every victory

Was Your power in us

Scars and struggles on the way

But with joy our hearts can say

Yes, our hearts can say

Never once did we ever walk alone

Never once did You leave us on our own

You are faithful, God, You are faithful

You are faithful, God, You are faithful

Standing on this mountain top

Looking just how far we’ve come

Knowing that for every step

You were with us

Scars and struggles on the way

But with joy our hearts can say

Yes, our hearts can say

Never once did we ever walk alone

Never once did You leave us on our own

You are faithful, God, You are faithful

Every step we are breathing in Your grace

Evermore we’ll be breathing out Your praise

You are faithful, God, You are faithful

It’s true, You are faithful, God You are faithful

Scars and struggles on the way

But with joy our hearts can say

Never once did we ever walk alone

Carried by Your constant grace

Held within Your perfect peace

Never once, no, we never walk alone

We know, You are faithful, God, You are faithful

Lyrics by One Sonic Society

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