“Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.”
Earlier this week, my dad and I trekked all the way up to Cedarville University for a preview day that they were having. I had been there once before with the rest of family, but when we went, my dad was unable to go, so he and I went together this time. We’ve visited a few colleges over the last 6 months or so, just getting our feet wet. The more that we’ve done that, though, the more I’ve realized how soon everything is going to change…drastically! And I’ll admit, it has been a real struggle for me to “let go” and not worry about it.
There are so many things recently I either am or have been worried about regarding these next 4-5 years of my life…what if I accidentally pursue a career that’s not what God has for me, what if i go to the wrong college, how on earth am I gonna get married, what if my friendships here don’t last, etc. Not long off, there will be lots of huge change on the horizon that will forever change my life (#thatsometimesstrikesfearintomyheart :)).
And so, as you can imagine, I’ve been doing A LOT of praying recently, and God’s shown me some new things and refreshed me on things I already knew. The other day, I was praying about one of those things during my morning quiet time when God brought to my mind Psalm 37:4, which says, “Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.” That gave me peace because I knew that as long as I am focused on following Him and am abiding in Him, my desires will line up with His desires for me, and so He will bring everything to pass when those two are in line!
A friend sent me Philippians 4:6-7 the other day as encouragement while we were texting about this…another passage that has such a great promise: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God, and the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Here are a couple more verses that have really struck me:
“Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in him and he will do this:
He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn,
your vindication like the noonday sun.” -Psalm 37:5-6
“Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain.” -Psalm 127:1
God’s got it!
I’m a control freak…I like to have everything all planned out. Unfortunately, life isn’t exactly “plan-able.” The hard part for me is letting go and trusting Him to work out things I can’t see. The cool thing is that He’s already shown Himself with the direction for college, which 6 months ago, I couldn’t see at all.
If you’re worried about something, know that you aren’t the only one and that God’s Word has so many promises about the future we can’t see. He’ll come through on all of them. It’s a matter of when, not if.