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It’s the culmination of hard work, long nights, and ridiculous caffeine addictions. Students everywhere meticulously preparing for the day they hear their name called to receive their long-awaited reward. It’s graduation time!
Anyone who has graduated remembers the marked feeling of satisfaction as they realized they were finished. Well-wishers congratulate you with gifts and sweet notes of praise. Your parents embarrass you with tears and recall all-too-personal memories of you as a baby. And then it happens. The inevitable, always dreaded,
“What will you do now?”
High schoolers avoid answering because they aren’t always 100% certain. College students generally have some form of a plan, but most often are stricken with fears of failure and insecurity.
With so many options available today, it is easy to become overwhelmed. For Christian students, we’re always concerned with “finding God’s perfect will”. And you’ve heard it preached before: “Stay faithful in the day-to-day and God will show you the path to take.”
This concept is true, and also another blog post for later.
But when you have discovered God’s will for your career path, it can still be daunting.
That first leap of faith feels like trying to step over the grand canyon…with a blindfold…in torrential wind…and there’s no safety net.
Take it from someone who moved across the country with only 1 days notice. I had already registered to be a student at a Bible college in Tennessee. I had a job waiting only for me to arrive and start working. I had a dorm room and roommates I was excited to meet. My bags were packed and in the car. All I had to do was simply drive the 4 hours to the college campus.
And God said, “Nope. Changing your plans.”
Super long story short, God decided, within 24 hours, to remove Chris and I from the backwoods of the deep South to the middle of the absolute desert: Lancaster, California.
It really is an amazing story of God’s perfect leading. I will eventually tell it another time, but the moral that we had to learn was: No matter what you’re doing, where you are, or what time of day (or night), be prepared to be uprooted.
God doesn’t uproot us to get a good laugh at our expense. He truly loves us and wants the complete and perfectly best scenario for our lives. Sometimes, though, moving us is necessary.
Naturally when I say “uprooted” we think plants. Plants hate being ripped out of their cozy flower beds and shoved into a wide open space outside in the cold. They get temperamental and, I believe, wilt out of spite. But it’s good for them!
Did you know that dividing and transplanting flowers in the fall time will help them to multiply and flourish in the spring?
Same with you, graduates. God has allowed to you complete your years of traditional schooling and is going to be moving you somewhere into the unknown. You will be in a new environment and it will be tempting to “wilt”.
Psalm 56:3 “What time I am afraid, I will trust in Thee.”
Don’t fear change. The honest truth? It will hurt and it will be difficult. But never make life decisions based on what feels good. If you know God wants you to move away from home to a new city, state, or even a new country, do it! No one has ever died from change. There is no more peaceful, safer place than being in the center of God’s will.
Be thankful God loves you enough to do whatever it takes to make you grow stronger. Be flexible to to His direction.
And you know what? Chris and I survived the cross country adventure. We ended up exactly where we were needed most. Yes, I hated to leave my family, but I wouldn’t trade in God’s will to avoid homesickness.
The day after we submitted to God’s surprise change of direction, we actually did end up crossing the Grand Canyon