Guest Author: Elizabeth Richardson | follow: lizmargaret
I’ve never been much of a snow person.
When it comes to mind, I immediately think of icy roads, freezing temperatures, and shoveling driveways. Though I appreciated snow days in high school, the aftermath of a snow storm was never my cup of tea.
However, one of the most satisfying sights after a snowfall is when someone leaves tracks behind in the snow. Suddenly, the thick sheet of white becomes easier to walk through, as I can follow someone else’s footsteps, without getting lost or falling. Truth is,
we don’t always have the luxury
of someone else carving a path for us.
Whether accepting a new job, moving to a new location, or adjusting to a new situation, we can be overwhelmed by starting from scratch without knowing the outcome.
When I started college, I faced a lifestyle change that seemed to lack a distinct path. I moved from a small, suburban town to a major city, a high school of just over 300 students to a university of over 20,000 full-time students. I thought I knew which career I wanted after college, but I had no idea what was to come over the next four years. Although God was with me, I couldn’t see a clear ending,
so I entered this new season in fear.
Fear restricts us from seeing how God is working in the midst of uncertain times. Before Jesus’ miracle of feeding the five thousand, the disciples questioned His ability to provide food for a hungry crowd. Jesus allowed them to see their lack of faith:
Then Jesus lifted up His eyes, and seeing a great multitude coming toward Him, He said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread, that these may eat?” But this He said to test him, for He Himself knew what He would do | John 6:5-6
Jesus already knew He could provide, but He tested Philip to see if he would trust Him:
Philip answered Him, “Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may have a little” | John 6:7
Philip failed the test, seeking a tangible solution for their lack of resources. Not even eight months of wages could buy enough bread for the crowd, so he believed there was no way they could be fed.
Another disciple saw past the physical restrictions before them:
One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to Him, “There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two small fish, but what are they among so many?” | John 6:8-9
Andrew didn’t know how Jesus would provide, but he offered the little food they had for Him to use.
With the faith of one disciple, Jesus used a young boy’s scarce amount of food to feed every man, woman, and child in the crowd. All were provided for and filled with an abundance of leftovers (v.11-13).
Reaching the end of my college experience, I look back and see God’s hand in various moments in my life. I initially couldn’t fathom the journey ahead and responded with doubt, but God was patient with me and worked things out in ways I couldn’t imagine. In fact, He often led me on paths I would have never thought to take! I went from being a psychology major to an English major. From feeling nervous about praying out loud with others to leading other girls in Bible study. From never imagining myself in a city to comfortably navigating city streets. From being clueless about my career to being exposed to internships and future opportunities.
Jesus fed thousands, even when the disciples first doubted Him. Similarly, somewhere within the thousands of students on campus,
the Lord had a place for me.
Challenging transitions in our lives will happen, but we can avoid responding in fear. The enemy uses fear to tempt us to rely on temporary sources that can lead us off track and bring major consequences. Instead of looking for solutions in people and things, we can look to an all-knowing God who can see the end of our journey from miles away.
Trusting in God means believing in Him
before we see His hand, knowing He provides
in supernatural ways.
Up ahead, I’m again faced with a new transition: post-graduation life – an area I’ve never ventured into before. I don’t have anyone’s footprints to follow, but I have complete hope and joy for the future, knowing