Our faith in God is harshly tested by Kayla Mueller’s murder at the hands of evil Islamic extremists. When senseless, brutal things happen to a caring, worthy and innocent person like Kayla, what hope is there for the rest of us?
Jesus taught us to pray in Matthew 6:13: “Do not bring us to hard testing, but keep us safe from the Evil One.” In the midst of her own ‘hard testing’ Kayla’s own words instruct us:
Family of Isis hostage Kayla Mueller confirms aid worker has been killed
When asked what kept her going in her mission, Mueller said “I find God in the suffering eyes reflected in mine, if this is how you are revealed to me, this is how I will forever seek you.”
Mueller said that during her captivity, she drew comfort from her deep Christian faith, writing: “I remember mom always telling me that all in all in the end the only one you really have is God. I have come to a place in experience where, in every sense of the word, I have surrendered myself to our creator b/c literally there was no else … + by God + by your prayers I have felt tenderly cradled in freefall.”
To be fair, while Kayla’s motives were surely good, she was likely naive and did allow herself to be taken in and used by her employer, the International Solidarity Movement (ISM):
The Real Kayla Mueller
The presumed Islamic State murder victim Kayla Mueller isn’t quite the saintly martyr that President Obama and the media are trying to make Americans believe.