Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.
- Proverbs 3:5-6
I don't know about you, but I love planning. I find so much comfort in seeing my schedule lined out in colorful pens. I enjoy browsing Pinterest and organizing images that look like what I want out of life.
Yet, there are times in my life where my life is not looking how I expected it too and my planner becomes more overwhelming than exciting. My plans fail and I can feel lost in this world.
Now is one of those times.
You see, right now I am going through a sort of identity crisis. I am halfway through my college career and I have no idea what I want to do when I graduate. What I thought I wanted to do six months ago is no longer a place of passion for me. I do not know where I am going and for someone who color codes their life two months ahead of time, this can be scary.
My future is unknown, but I am not afraid.
Don’t get me wrong. In this situation, my nature is to be anxious. However, I am feeling a peace that I could only explain by my faith in Jesus. There are times where I start to try to figure it all out, and if I start overthinking I will get overwhelmed, but that is when I am relying on my own ability and thinking that I have control.
The lesson I am still learning is this: peace in the unknown can never be found in myself, but only in the Lord. When we lean on Him then we can have freedom from the anxiety of the unknown. As His sons and daughters, God has a plan and purpose for our lives. Not only does he have plans for us, but they are good plans.
In Jeremiah 29: 11-14, we are told that His plans are ones of hope and a good future. The Lord our God loves us so much that He sent His son to die on the cross so that we would have a future with Him, and that is so good. I may not know what I want to do with my future, but I pray to God that He helps guide me to where He wants me. Listen to Him and go where you are called, for that will be a greater future than you could ever plan. My comfort is found in the fact that He will be walking with me every step of the way.
In the book of Ruth, Naomi struggled with trusting God’s plan when her sons died. She felt as if He had forgotten her. However, God not only brought glory to His kingdom through the painful circumstances but made sure Naomi was taken care of. Although Naomi did not understand God’s plan at first, at the end of Ruth she praises God and thanks to Him for the joy that He has brought her. Naomi’s future was not what she thought it would be, but was what God knew was best.
The future can still be a place of anxiety for me. It is normal to want to know what your life is going to look like; in fact, it's what this world tells us we must figure out at a young age. However, as a daughter of the one and only God, I know that my future is secure in Him. His will is pleasing and perfect (Romans 12:2) and better than anything that I could ever come up with myself.
My life might not look like my Pinterest board, but I am where God wants me to be, and as I continue to follow Him I will have joy. I may not know where I am going, but He does. That is more than sufficient for me.
1. Are you trusting your future in the hands of the Lord or yourself?
2. How has God used your fear of the unknown to grow you closer to Him?
3. In what ways could you practice leaning on Him instead of yourself or the world?
Lord, I thank you for loving me so much and that you are with me always. I praise You for You are sovereign. I ask that You help guide me towards where You want me to be. I pray that I listen to You and not my own hearts and desires, for Your will is perfect. We love you and pray this in Your name. Amen.
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