Josh Irby

Live from Sarajevo

Megan’s Story (part three)

This is one post in a three-part story. Before continuing on with this interview, you probably want to read Megan’s story in full (part one and part two).

A virtual chat with Megan

megan headshotI wish you could meet Megan. Her smile is contagious and her enthusiasm inspiring. Since that is not possible for many of you (unless you happen to be in Switzerland) I thought I would offer the next best thing—a virtual interview with Megan.

I asked Megan a few key questions that I thought you would like to hear answered. There is truly wisdom in her response. I hope it encourages you as much as it has encouraged me.

1) What has your sickness (and the threat of death) taught you about life?

My sickness has taught me that life, every single day of it, is a precious and beautiful gift from our Heavenly Father. It is our choice to either see it as that and use it to make a difference for Him, or to wallow in self pity and feel sorry for ourselves…it is our choice!

2) I know you have had every reason to stop your schooling and career. What have you learned about keeping going in the face of resistance and challenges?

During this journey, since the very beginning, people have been trying to tell me to stop with school and stop work…but that has never been an option for me. It was something I have prayed about since the first day and I knew with a certainty that the Lord wanted me to continue. THAT is the reason I did it.

I have come to learn that our Savior gives us strength, even when we feel we have none left ourselves, to continue on with what he wants us to do. I believe that God honors this perseverance, when we walk the road He has us on even when it is tough. It has certainly been rewarding for me and I have seen Gods faithful hand in all of it, in every single step I have taken (including finishing my degree in 4 years and starting a career right after being done with school).

3) What have you learned about God?

I have learned that God is faithful, that He never gives us more than we can handle. We might feel like it is more than we can handle on our own strength, but it is in those moments that He faithfully carries us through, by His strength. He is good, ALL the time! He loves us more than we could ever imagine, and He lets things like this happen in our lives so that we can grow.  But once again, that is our choice. We can either grow bitter or better. (you might want to tweet that) God loves each of us just the way we are, but He loves us too much to leave us that way.

 If you have more questions for Megan or a message to leave her, do so in the comments below.

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