Trusting God During Times of Uncertainty

Posted on January 10th, 2007 by Tyler.
Categories: Christian Life.

Ana Fontes

“As you wait upon the Lord, you learn to see things from His perspective, move at His pace, and function under His directives. Waiting times are growing times and learning times. As you quiet your heart, you enter His peace; as you sense your weakness you receive His strength; as you lay down your will, you hear His calling. When you mount up, you are being lifted by the wind of His Spirit; When you move ahead, you are sensitive to His timing; when you act, you give yourself only to the thing He has asked you to do.”
-Roy Lessin

A big part of being a college student is waiting. Some people are lucky enough to know exactly what they want to do and know exactly what they need to do to get there. For the rest of us—the confused, the unsure, the unclear—we’re waiting for an epiphany. Maybe there will be that one class that completely captures your interest. Or perhaps there will be an advisor who’ll take a personal liking to you and end up being one of those wise and insightful mentors like we see in the movies. Chances are you’re still waiting for the sky to open and illuminate your path.

That’s where I am. I’m a senior at Virginia Tech double-majoring in psychology and English. I graduate in May 2007 and have no clue what I’m doing next year, much less what my life calling is. There’s this pushing sensation that if I don’t have all of that figured out by the time I walk off that stage with my little diploma, I’m going to miss the grand opportunity of my life and waste precious years. And I hate wasting time. But recently, I’ve realized something important: I am wasting precious time right now!

This awkward period of waiting, trying different things, failing and succeeding, is just as important as the time you’ll spend fulfilling your life calling. As a matter of fact, it’s part of it. This time of cloudy thoughts, changing passions, self-learning, and waiting, will help shape your character for the future. During these times, God wants us to “rest in [Him] and wait patiently for Him” (Psalm 37:7). If you’re fretting and worrying you’ll miss the opportunities to know more about God and to impact the lives of those people in your life right now.

God calls us to love those around us as He loves us. And just how does he love us? Well, he died for us. His love is a completely selfless and compassionate love that overcomes boundaries of inconvenience, discomfort, or insecurity. Every day there is someone in your life that needs to experience God or be reminded of His great character. Show them how powerful and great He is by being sure of his sovereignty over your future and setting aside your own worries to serve those around you. Simple things like a phone call to see how someone is doing or making time to hang out with those friends you never seem to have time for can make a world of difference in someone’s life.

By taking the focus off yourself and the uncertainties surrounding your life, you’ll see the world around you much clearer. “Be still and know that I am God,” says the Lord. In this time of mystery and uncertainty of the unforeseen, be still. Seek God every day, in every way, through all means: read His Word constantly, attend Bible studies, and surround yourself with people who are seeking Him also. Focus instead on God and the people He’s placed in your life. All you have to do is be still and trust, and God will bless every effort you make to seek Him and His will.

Stop worrying about what makes you happy for a little bit. Instead seek to make someone else happy, to show them God’s love in some way. You’ll be surprise to find your own happiness—actually, not just happiness but meaning—that way.

Tyler

Comment on January 10th, 2007.

Well put Ana. For me, it is helpful to reflect on God’s past grace. This gives me the faith I need to trust that God will also give me future grace – meaning that since He has been faithful all of my life up till now, I have full confidence that his faithfulness will continue on into the future. No worries, just HOPE at were he is leading me.

Miller

Comment on February 15th, 2007.

So Ana, you just pretty much summed up my life and im guessing 90% of people in the 18-25 year age group. It is very comforting to know that we are not the only ones going through this stage of life, that God does have a great plan for our lives and it is important to just be still in Him so we do not let it pass us by.

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