Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.
- Joshua 1:9
Life transitions are inevitable. We are all living to learn and learning to live, at the same time. It can be complicated, exhausting, and scary, but in a way very liberating.
Perhaps you are soon to be graduating high school, preparing for college, but feel somewhat unsure about your major. Maybe you just graduated college and it feels like yesterday you were first experiencing move-in day. Now you are left with your college degree without a clue of what path to take. Or maybe you are in transitions of life that seem to last forever. You have established your career but are looking for a way to move up. You are married and starting a family has been your biggest prayer but you are still waiting for God to bless you and your husband with a sweet little baby. Or maybe you are in a season of singleness.
All of these seasons of change lead to one thing: trust. Trusting that God’s plan is always greater. Trusting that He will provide the guidance you need in this very moment.
I remember the first time I felt the most pressure about making a life decision was my junior/senior year of high school: deciding which university to attend and what to major in. It almost felt like life or death, which now seems silly but it in that moment as an upperclassman it was a question of, what happens to my future if I choose the wrong school or major?
It is so important to recognize that you are here in this exact moment for a reason. Whatever tough phase of life you are going through has a purpose. Whether it be choosing a college/major or down the road when you are trying to figure out God’s next steps for you or your family. Look at it as a way of God teaching you about patience, faith, the act of listening, and then sometimes going outside of your comfort zone.
I am now twenty-six and facing various phases of life - moving, singleness, yet still on the verge of asking, “God, am I doing this whole life thing right?” Each phase up to this point has led to exciting new adventures, tough challenges to overcome, and a whole lot of growing in strength and faith, in ways that I didn’t even know were possible.
We experience the most powerful moments of reliance on our Lord and Savior in these unknown seasons or transition phases. Remember Who your strength comes from. The very same God that created you on purpose, for a purpose is with you every step of the way.
Can we affirm this together: In the midst of change around me, I find comfort in the fact that the Lord does not change. He remains the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8).
1. What phase of life are you currently in? Is there change around the corner but fear of change is also trying to steal the show? First, read Scripture for wisdom. Pray about your concerns, your fears, your desires. Get real with God. Write it all down if you want to. Talk about it with a friend. I promise you, you will begin to see a sense of direction.
2. Sometimes I will simply open my Bible and randomly place my finger on the page to find a passage that really hits home. I challenge you to try this and see what God can teach you through that passage.
Heavenly Father, thank You for remaining constant in a world that is constantly changing. I find so much peace and comfort knowing that Your plans will far exceed my expectations. I pray that in the tough seasons, I am able to hold on to the purpose You have for me. As I begin this new phase of life I pray for Your guidance in keeping in step with You. And when I veer off path, lead me back to the course You have designed for me. It’s in Your name I pray, Amen.
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This devotion was originally featured on May 9, 2018.