The future can be scary. When we are growing up, we have thoughts about how we think our lives will turn out.
When I was walking to class, I stopped and sat a table in the student center on campus. On the floor underneath the table was a a note folded up into one of those little squares that we used to create back in middle and high school to pass notes to the people we liked. Oh the memories!
About five years ago when I was graduating high school, I had my life planned out and written down on a mental note in my head. At this point the decision was made for me to move to Orlando, FL and attend a technical school to learn about audio engineering and lighting design. I had all the steps planned out in my head for what was going to happen when I graduated from Full Sail University. I was going to move back home and get a certain job at a certain place and by the time I was 22, I would be married to a woman that I love with at least one child and be that “typical” Christian family.
Now I’m 24 years old and I am still in college, working at Chick-fil-A (which was my first ever job that I love), and still finishing my bachelors degree. Looks a lot different then my plans that I had in high school right? This was during a time that I was absolutely fed up with the direction of my life. I was asking God where are you in all of this? I thought __________, _________, and _________ would be happening by now!!! I just felt like giving up. From my own perspective I thought that I was amounting to nothing in this life. It was a horrifying feeling.
I picked up the note on the floor just curious if anything was written inside. So I opened the note to find that nothing was written inside. It was just a blank piece of paper folded up into a little square. It was a let down. It looked to be interesting from the outside, but nothing was written on the inside. At least from my perspective nothing was written.
This is how I felt when nothing seemed to be happening in my life the way I wanted it to. I felt let down. I felt like God wasn’t keeping his promises. I felt like God’s plans for my life were not written down. I had to correct my thinking and remember what God’s word says in Ecclesiastes Chapter 3 verses 9-13:
“What do people really get for all their hard work? I have seen the burden God has placed on us all. Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end. So I concluded there is nothing better than to be happy and enjoy ourselves as long as we can. And people should eat and drink and enjoy the fruits of their labor, for these are gifts from God”
These verses are comforting. They are comforting to know that God has a plan for our lives even though we may not know every detail of it. They are comforting to know that his plan is written down even when though we can’t see it. We have to get to the point of signing our name and committing to his plan before he reveals it to us. That’s putting true faith in the promises that he has for our lives. We have to accept that our plans our not always his. Enjoy each day that God has given you for each day is a gift from your Heavenly Father.