By Roselyn Rozario
“These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold— though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.” (1 Peter 1:7)
Far from the other houses, on the outskirts of town, sat a serene and tranquil cottage. The narrow dirt road that led up to the cottage was the only discernible road in the otherwise acres of long uncut grass that surrounded the cottage. This road rested undisturbed under the brutal and relentless sun, lazily stretching from the front of the cottage door to the town where the other houses made their home.
There is a German proverb that observes that “love can turn the cottage into a golden palace.” See the boy that lived in that cottage did not look at it as a golden palace, so he had very little love to offer the cottage. This boy, Peter Samuels, had dreams to pursue, dreams that were unapproved of by his father. The father had dreams of his own for the boy. It didn’t take much to figure out that the father was chasing a lost dream of his, one that he wanted Peter to succeed in achieving.
As the years passed on and the boy got older, he found himself being groomed to follow in the footsteps of his father. Nobody would call this cruel, because after all, it is a story told very often. The father’s wishes for Peter would certainly let Peter live a life of respectability and security, but if this was not Peter’s own wishes would those really matter to him? Peter felt in his heart a void that was not being filled.
It was for this reason that Peter had become religious, even superstitious. He thought that his devotion to God would eventually yield good results. He sought a blessing from God that was for him to be soccer player. The father, otherwise known as David Samuels, envisioned his son to be a city-boy working for a company, as opposed to the farmer he had been for as long as he can remember.
Despite his father’s wishes, the boy knew in his heart that his dream was one for the world to see. This resulted in opportunities presenting itself. It was as though his belief had given him an opportunity and when he was presented with a chance, he took it with both hands.
But the opportunities that were given to the boy weren’t fair, so the boy took it as a sign that his dream was not a reality. And the boy’s faith began to falter.
Peter began to feel scared, confused and alone. He did not have the slightest clue in what to do because his father’s dream was far from what he wanted in life and his passion wasn’t working out either.
Peter had often questioned the role of religion in his life because he saw no positive effect it was having on his life. But in the end, he followed the footsteps of what his father wanted, because not all dreams can be pursued all of one’s life.
Belief is easy to have, but having a good opportunity is hard to earn. It is often in our failure to make the most of opportunities or how opportunities cannot take the most out of us, that we feel our belief is not true or right to have.
The role of belief is what makes people aspire to do more in life, to live life in the hopes to achieve it, just like Peter hoped.
Having the ability to believe is an imperative aspect to be able to live life. Belief that comes from faith is very precious because it is what makes life worth living. This is an idea where anyone, even Peter, can find solace in. Because even though he never achieved his dream, he believed he could find the glory of life.
Rozario is a rising junior and attends the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph, Prospect Heights.