There is something exciting about not knowing what the future may hold, and yet nerve-wrecking at the same time. The future is thought about constantly, yet if you think about it, the future never actually arrives. When you finally reach the “known” portions of the future, your next future is waiting in the wings. We never truly arrive in our future because there is always a tomorrow and the “next step.”
Personally, I’m at an impasse in my life where I’m trying to figure out where my next adventure will lead me. I find myself open and willing to go, but not really knowing where that will be yet overflowing with peace. Why? Because I know no matter what choice of path I take, God will never leave me or forsake me. Wherever I go, I’m never alone.
I used to not have that kind of peace. I used to worry constantly about whether or not I was following my purpose or “God’s plan” for my life. My biggest fear was finding out at the end of my life that I completely missed out on God’s plan and purpose for my life. During my senior year of college, I was constantly biting my nails and losing sleep, worrying about whether I was entering the right career or attending the right grad school. It wasn’t until halfway through my senior year when I was in a conversation about this dilemma with my campus pastor that she said something that has rid me of this fear and has stuck with me ever since that day. She told me that no matter what decisions that I make, no matter what career that I go into, and no matter where I decide to move to next that God was always going to be with me and that His presence in my life was not contingent upon the choice I make in what career I was in or what state that I was moving to next. I realized then that God’s plan for my life was not a specific to a career path or vocation, but rather God’s plan for me is to be open to and listening for where He is leading me right now in this moment.
You don’t have to wait to have all your ducks in a row or to have the perfect moment to be used by God. God can use you in this moment, in this job, in this spiritual condition, in this financial status, in this brokenness, and for His purpose. Be open to where God is leading you today because if you are responding to where God is leading you in this moment, it will also lead you to where you need to be tomorrow.
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6