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When You Don’t Know What’s Next

Every year when  thoughts of “what’s next” come around I can’t help but to think back to the way I felt in my senior year of high school. Whether your “what’s next” is going to college or maybe you don’t know what your summer plans are gonna be, better yet you had a summer plan and now it has changed, or your family may be walking through an unfamiliar season, it can be easy for God to seem distant. We can feel confused as we try to understand how to navigate what our “next” is. We feel like God’s not answering fast enough or if you’re like me your planner brain is stressedddd! Anytime I worry about what is ahead I am reminded of what God has already been faithful through. 

I remember my senior year I was so full of control. I didn’t have control, I just wanted it. I wanted to control my future, my circumstances, and what life was about to look like. I had so much fear that if life didn’t work out the way I had planned it in my head then my social personnel would DIE. We always think that… that our plan is the best plan and anything short of that is social suicide. If we don’t go to the college, work at the certain camp, get the internship, etc. we begin to feel the spiral. Well life started to look a little different than I thought and plans started to be changed for me. As plans changed new opportunities arose. As plans changed God began to make my heart content with his plan instead of mine. 

When I worry about what the next chapter of life will look like, I am reminded of what this chapter looks like and the faithfulness that led here. Maybe life for you right now is great or maybe it’s the worst. There have been some hard moments, but he has always stayed close. Maybe you’ve experienced failed relationships but his relationship always stays true. When I worry, it almost builds excitement in my heart because I know that God will do immeasurably more than I could imagine, and he will for you too. 

Lamentations 3:23 says “They are new every morning, great is your faithfulness.” This statement is being shared because the writer is going through a lot of hurt, pain, and confusion. The verse says “because of God’s love, his compassion is new every morning.” The writer, although distressed, chooses to remember God’s faithfulness. Verse 25 in that chapter says “the Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him.” Let’s seek him for our decisions, for our hope, and for our “next”. Today we choose to make the decision that effects our tomorrow, put our trust in him.

So whatever you are anticipating: college, internship, being at home for the summer, know that God knows you better than you know yourself, he knows what you want, what you need and what you desire. He wants to be faithful in bringing goodness to you. The next season may not look like what you thought but we are promised that it will be good.

Prayer to say :

God today I choose to seek you when worries fill my hearts. I don’t know what the next season will look like but you do. I choose to believe that whatever comes next will be good because you are faithful and know exactly what I need.