Until now, I haven't experienced anything too horrible in life. You hear stories like Katie's on the news every day, but I never thought something like this would hit so close to home. In spite of all that has happened, and all the tears shed so far, I have peace. I'm not worried about Katie, or what is going to happen. From the moment I got that phone call on Friday night, I've felt an unusual calm in the midst of the pain. How is that possible? How can I not be freaking out when my friend has been at death's door for a week, and may still die?
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." -Philippians 4:6-7
God is in control of this situation. And Katie loves Jesus Christ more than anyone or anything in this whole world. Whether she stays or goes, I am comforted because I know I will see her again. The Lord has brought her through many challenges and difficulties throughout her life, and if He ends her suffering, then I am thankful for every moment I've had the privilege of sharing with Katie. God has always been amazing in her, and if going ahead of us into eternity means that more people will come to know Christ as their Savior, then I know it's what Katie would want.
If you are hurting, know that God loves you so dearly. You are so priceless to Him, and He died for you so that you could know Him and experience His peace. We can't understand why He allows difficult things to happen in our lives, but we can know that He uses them for good (Romans 8:28). None of your tears are wasted. None of your suffering is meaningless. When you hurt, He hurts with you. Let Him be your Comforter, and take refuge in the shadow of His wings. Experience His peace which passes all understanding, and look to the future without fear.
Posted below is a video of Katie giving her testimony. You may not know her, but by the end, you'll be able to see how special she is. I love you always, Katie.