We are already halfway through the second semester, and summer is rapidly approaching. For many juniors and seniors, including me, the reality of college is beginning to set in. By this fall, I will hopefully have decided what colleges I would like to attend, and have submitted all my applications. However, in reality I have no idea what I am going to be doing in a year and a half. One of the hardest things that I face during this time is waiting. Waiting for God’s plans to play out can be agonizing at times. Maybe we come across a job opportunity that seems promising, but something happens and the opportunity passes. Or maybe we want to go on a missions trip, but do not have the funds to pay. Maybe we even think we have found “the one” for us, but soon find out otherwise. Whatever the case, we come across numerous instances that we think God is leading us towards, only to find out it is not in His plan.
Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” (ESV) Although at times it does not seem like it, we must remember that God has a plan for each and every one of us. There is no way for us to understand His plans, so instead of attempting to take matters into our own hands, we must remember to abide in Him. In John 15:7 Jesus says, “If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” (ESV) This semester in logos, Dr. Juneman has been stressing this idea of abiding in Him. It is an amazing comfort to know that if we simply abide in Jesus, our desires will come into existence. By truly trusting and abiding in God, our paths will be made known and we will no longer struggle with waiting to find out what our future holds.
Psalm 33:20-22 says, “Our soul waits for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name. Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in you.” (ESV). It is comforting to know that we can have such a hope in God and know that His plan will come true. God will always be there for us—all we have to do is have faith to trust in Him and follow His ways. Whether it is deciding on college, major, job, or spouse, God will reveal the path He has set out for us. I have no idea what I will be doing in ten years from now, or even a year from now, but I cannot wait to find out what God has in store for me personally and for everyone else in our lives.
Drew Brooks (17) is the Director of Outreach at TPS Chapel