Guest Author: Lyn Johnson
Life is full of decisions! Whether it’s a kid trying to decide on what candy to choose or a college student contemplating on which classes to take next semester. We often take our life’s decisions into our own hands and decide what is best for us. We get so caught up with our lives that we lose sight of what God really wants us to do for Him in this world. I’ve been so caught up with applications this year that I sometimes forget to take it up to the Lord and ask Him for guidance.
The added pressure from my family and friends doesn’t help either. Every week I hear the same questions: “Did you hear back from any schools? Do you have a backup plan? What are you going to do if you do not get accepted anywhere?” These are questions I literally cannot answer and the worst part is that I am not getting any younger. So it’s make-it-or-break-it at this point and I feel like I have been carrying this colossal load of anxiety, sadness, impatience and doubtfulness. This has honestly been the most stressful three months of my life and I have been working real hard to please the admissions board with my applications; however why didn’t the thought of pleasing God come to my mind at that time? Why didn’t I turn to God first when things where in turmoil? Did I just assume that God did not understand what I was going through?
If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. | John 15:7
A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps. | Proverbs 16:9
It amazes me how God’s Scripture is so clear and precise! We are required to be faithful and true to His living Word. God understands us; He knows the beginning and the end of our lives. Christ is an ever-loving Father and He wants the best for us. In knowledge of that, we must exercise patience and faith. I realize my friends and family are concerned about me, but if any one of those worries becomes my main focus, it will feel like I am losing sight of what is really important in life: seeing God’s path and recognizing what He considers to be success.
I clearly understand my plans are not necessarily what God’s plans are. We cannot take God for granted and make our own decisions; we must constantly seek God’s approval every step of the way. I regret not spending more personal time with God about my life decisions. Meanwhile next month is the “waiting period” until I hear back from schools. I’ll definitely use this valuable time to develop a stronger bond with God and see how He will reveal His plans for my life. My main approach is to ask to Christ to reveal my spiritual gifts so I can utilize them for His Glory.
Maybe God doesn’t want me to enter into the healthcare field; He possibly has a greater purpose for my life. I absolutely love this quote:
“…finding God’s will is all about balance—it’s effort on our end with complete reliance on God for direction. Problems and uncertainty become clear when we simply do what’s right before Him.” | Danielle Lee
God may use me in a series of practical experiences to direct me into the right path. It’s possible that some schools won’t accept me and if that happens, I won’t be discouraged; it’s part of God’s answer to my prayers. Ultimately real success—regardless of my school or job—is about honoring God in the details with joy, even in my smallest decisions (Ecclesiastes 12:13).