Where are all of my college seniors at?! As if you need another reminder, graduation is seriously SO close! Whether that brings you excitement or anxiety, you’re at the final stretch of turning in papers, finishing projects and preparing for the last round of tests.
Maybe you are still applying for jobs, or you can’t decide which offer to accept. Maybe you’re waiting to get into graduate school, or maybe you’re not even a senior, but you’re quickly approaching changes that you don’t feel ready for. I GET IT. Decisions can be scary, and in fact terrifying sometimes, because you feel like the weight of your entire future rests in your hands (and you’re a nervous wreck). We have quite a few decisions coming up this year that could guide us in all different directions, so I can completely relate.
As much as I hate to admit it, I’m not a huge fan of change (shocker, right?). I’m very “Type A” when it comes to planning. I like to know the exact outcome for every potential decision, and when I don’t, I tend to get anxious. I constantly have to remind myself to take each day at a time, because 1) tomorrow isn’t always promised, and 2) God’s plan is far greater than mine.
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” — Matthew 6:34 (NIV)
It takes a LOT of bravery and courage to hand it all over to God. Placing complete trust in Him can be difficult, but so much rest and comfort comes with knowing that your future is in His hands. But wait — this doesn’t mean just dropping everything and saying, “Okay, God. Here you go. Do something with all of this.” We are called to take action.
The more we grow our relationship with God, the more our plans and desires will line up with His. This gradually gives us more confidence in our decisions, which makes them the slightest bit easier, and ultimately gives us rest. God’s desire is for us to trust and find rest in Him. So how can we grow our relationship with God AND find peace in our decisions?
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” — Matthew 7:7 (NIV)
Ask God to make His plans and desires our own. Listen to Him through prayer. Ask Him for guidance. Tell Him you feel lost, stuck or anxious. It’s okay to not have life completely figured out. It’s okay if you don’t get your dream job. It’s okay if you’re taking a different path than everyone else. God will open the door for you, invite you into His loving arms, and give you confidence that His plan is greater.
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