The helicopter hanger was transformed into a space for people rather than for machines. Some fairy lights were strung, a platform built and an annual fundraiser was underway. I have seen up close and personal the work of this college campus ministry and am forever grateful for the input they had (and still have) in the lives of my own children.
I listened as some of the kids currently at college spoke but I was more aware of the adults sitting at my table. They all were once recipients of this ministry but now are married with young families. The passing of time fascinates me.
Time will do one of two things to us. It hardens us or it toughens us. You see, inevitably, there is hardship. Life never takes the path we envision. Somewhere there is a hill too steep or a boulder too large or an unexpected twist. Time always takes us on a journey of trials.
The adults sitting at my table will experience difficult times in their marriage. Their children will grow in a world that is not always fair and it will hurt. Some will face the hardship of too little money and others the trial of too much. Time will pass and they will change. How their heart responds depends on three things – their faith, their hope and their love.