‘Everything is changing and I can’t keep up’
Ever felt that way?
Maybe you’re feeling it right now.
Pretty soon my life is going to look VERY different. I’ll be saying goodbye to the student life and hello to full time work. That process will mean moving to a new home, many of my friends spreading out around the country and trying to adjust to a new routine.
In the midst of all the upcoming change, I’m trying to keep anxiety under control and focus on the things I’m looking forward to and the things I have to be thankful for. And there are A LOT of things.
BUT, preparing for all the change to come is daunting and I don’t want to pretend that I’m not overwhelmed at times.
If you’re relating right now, I want you to know two things:
I believe there is a God who holds your future and wants good things for you.
You are stronger and more capable than you give yourself credit for.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)
What a promise.
Not a promise that everything will be great all the time. Not a promise that we won’t have difficult seasons and face challenges. But a promise that in EVERY circumstance, He is working for our good.
Maybe you feel like you’re about to free fall. Nothing seems certain. There are so many unknowns.
I hope you’re comforted by the one certainty we do have: that our God is with us and for us.
I want to share a quick story with you…
Let’s go back to four years ago when I was thinking about which Universities to apply for. I was getting good grades and predicted top marks in all my subjects (which didn’t quite happen in the end just to point out!).
Despite my grades, and allll the extra-curricular stuff I was cramming into my days, I seemed to be getting rejection after rejection from the Universities I wanted to go to.
I was crushed and felt like I was working for nothing. I could get 100% in every subject and still not get accepted anywhere.
From Christmas until March I was convinced I wouldn’t get any offers.
But in my desperation I clung to God’s promise, that He was working for my good. I knew that He had a perfect plan for me which finally, in mid March of that year, was revealed.
I was offered a place at Exeter Uni, my last choice.
God closed the other doors knowing that what I needed more than I did.
Three years on I have no doubt that He called me to study in Exeter for a reason. I have found an amazing community in my church, met the love of my life, made incredible, life-giving friendships and have grown in my faith.
God knew what He was doing. And I remember telling myself that next time I faced a big change in my life I would recall His faithfulness throughout my Alevels and applying to Universities.
SO here I am. About to dive into lots of change and once again I’m clinging to His promises and holding onto hope that He has gone ahead and knows what is best for me.
I would love for you to share your own stories of holding onto hope throughout seasons of change. Let’s encourage one another in the comments section…
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