Can you believe it’s October already? Where has 2015 gone? I still remember January 1st as though it was yesterday; caught up in the festivities and making those all-important New Years Resolutions, trying to grab hold of the year ahead before it passed before my eyes. It’s crazy that we are already in the 10th month – it’s come so quickly.
I don’t know about you, but similar to January, I see September as a ‘first month’ – a month of change, the chance to begin again, to progress, to reassess positions and perspectives. Most of us are used to seeing September as a beginning due to the commencement of the academic year, and this sense of ‘newness’ often pervades other areas of our lives. You may have embarked upon a new journey that would have a profound impact on your future – perhaps it is the first year of college, the beginning of a graduate scheme, the first year of University or maybe the last.
Last month, I started my final year of university (woooop!!) Similar to my peers, and anyone else who has journeyed into the gruesome,infamous final year, I began to overthink my future. What now? What should I do next? I started attending every Graduate Fair, applying for jobs and researching various post-graduate qualifications in an attempt to try and plan the next steps. It doesn’t take a psychologist to figure out why I went into panic mode; it was the fear, fear of the unknown. And as we all know, that which we do not know, scares us. Instead of submitting to God entirely, trusting Him and letting Him lead, we start to analyse and plan every single moment of our lives, convinced that if we plan hard enough and keep focused, everything will work out.
Now, anyone that has spent more than a decade on this planet is aware that life doesn’t work like that.
It is hard to trust a God we cannot control or see, particularly when it comes to our precious futures. Since we have no idea what God has in store for us and how it will pan out, we busy ourselves searching for the crumbs life could-maybe-on-a-good-day-offer, forgetting that He has prepared a feast for us in the Royal Banquet Hall. We see ourselves in the dark, lost, trying to find our way, while He always sees us in His remarkable light. We have trouble trusting Him fully with our future though He has a future for us, far better than the one we dream for ourselves.
No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him.
1 Corinthians 2:9
Everyone worries about the future because we can never be completely certain what is in store but as believers of Christ, irrespective of our present circumstances and future dreams, we should trust that God is in control. Our respective futures will be revealed as we move past our pasts, focus on the now and prioritise our relationship with Him above all else. God is not asking us to be perfect; He is simply asking us to allow Him to be perfect in us. God is not asking us to have our futures figured out, He is asking us to trust that He has bringing everything together in its time, in His time. Overthinking the details, large and small, can stop us from living the lives that are available to us right now.
So to all of you out there reading this, and embarking on a new journey over the next few months, remember that we only need to take one step at a time while walking with God. Simply follow Him daily and allow yourself to experience His love, joy, peace and a level of fulfilment you never thought possible.
Lots of love,