It is this time of year that begins to signal the end of many things and the beginning of others. Winter (as far as we know) is behind us. Spring is here and we see the signs of life all around. With hope, school is ending, and there is the beginning of Summer, and all its promise.
With all of the changes that come, there are as many, if not more, questions that come with it. People begin to ask questions like, “What are you going to do with your Summer? Do you have a job? Are you going to college? Have you considered showering more than once a week now that it’s getting warm outside?” That last one might be a bit more personal than the others… but you get the point. These are pretty common questions.
Then there come some really BIG questions. Such as, “What are you plans for the next five years; 10 years? Who will you marry? What will you do for work? How many children will you have? Will they shower more than once per week?” Sorry…
It’s these questions that are meant to drive us. In many cases, the questioners have really good, and in some cases nosy, intentions. They just want to know about YOU. They are challenging YOU to think; to plan. There are all these questions that are meant to drive us – and this can feel really heavy sometimes. You can start to feel anxious about not having the right answers. You can start to feel inadequate because your answers aren’t necessarily as BIG as others… or as BIG as they are “supposed to be…”
What if you just don’t know?
And if YOU don’t know, then who does?! Can you ask your parents where you’ll be in 10 years? They might just say, “I have not idea, but you won’t be living here!” Great… thanks mom and dad.
Can you ask you pastor or youth pastor who you’re going to marry and how many smelly children you’re going to have? They’ll likely say, “I have no idea, but hopefully by then there will be a new youth pastor to help them with their hygiene.”
Well if you cannot ask your parents or pastors, who can you ask?
God? Of course you can ask God!!! (but He might not tell you…)
So what if God doesn’t tell you right now what college you’re going to attend in four years? What if He doesn’t tell you who will marry you when you’re 40? What if He doesn’t tell you how many homely, I mean BEAUTIFUL children you will raise? What are you supposed to do with that?
This is where the tension builds. This is where you begin to fret over what is seemingly on the horizon, which is sooooo important, yet nobody tells you exactly how to get there. This is where you start to worry and feel like you have to do something, because doing something (even if it’s wrong) feels better than doing nothing (which is not to be confused with waiting). So you sign up for the wrong college. You start dating the wrong person. You stop showering all together (which is a mystery as to why anyone would date you)! And you find yourself miles away from where God wanted you.
How could all of this been avoided?!?
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths… (Proverbs 3:5-6)
Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass… (Psalm 37:5)
Trust God… Commit to you life to Him. And your future – all those questions – will be answered.
God will take care of the things that He alone is able to do. And He will allow you to do the things that you can do. In fact, He won’t do the things that you can. But He is faithful that He will always do what He alone can do.
Trust Him NOW. Commit your life to Him NOW. And every question will be answered.
– Nathan Kirk
Section 2 Youth Director