It’s easy to scroll our social media feeds and see the milestone achievements of our family, friends, and acquaintances. Inevitably, you will see travel photos, graduation celebrations, engagement and wedding photos, baby announcements, or someone climbing up the corporate ladder. As we like and comment on these milestones in support of the people in our lives, it’s also easy to reflect on our own life and wonder: “When will that be me?”
Growing up, we are often painted a picture of what life should look like. Maybe we’re the artist that paints the picture for ourselves. At 15 years old, I would have told you that I would be leaving home in the Midwest to pursue a degree in journalism in the west coast. I had it all laid out on a vision board: the people I wanted to meet, the places I wanted to go, and the things that I wanted to do all before meeting that one person that I’d commit to sharing life with.
It’s been 10 years since I revisited those dreams of what life would look like and I can tell you that it hasn’t happened that way at all. I am still in the hometown that I once wanted to escape so badly, I don’t know what my dream job is anymore, and I’m not in a place at the moment where the idea of marriage is even practical. So what happens when you aren’t where you want to be?
Draw Near to God
It can often feel as though everyone has something to share and I am without a significant life update. It can feel as though life is moving slower for me than what I would have hoped for. In those moments, it’s tempting for us to hold on to the things that we so deeply desire or wish to happen.
But it’s okay to go to God first. It’s okay to go to him in prayer. It’s okay to share where we feel hurt, why we feel hurt, and what we don’t understand. He wants us to come to him with our burdens, our dissatisfaction, our emptiness, and our hearts. Proverbs 23:26 tells us, “my son, give me your heart and let your eyes delight in my ways.” It’s when we draw near to God in prayer with everything we hold in our hearts that He reveals more of who he is.
His Authority Over Our Lives
In Matthew 6: 9-10, Jesus teaches his disciples to pray the Lord’s Prayer, which says “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” To pray the Lord’s Prayer is to pray for something that has yet to happen but that whatever God intends for our lives takes place here on earth. In praying this, we pray for God’s purpose and alignment with His purpose.
Maybe God’s purpose for our lives isn’t what we picture it to be because it’s much greater than that. In the midst of my wondering and my uncertainties, the Lord’s Prayer reminds and teaches me to pray for His kingdom to come. We each play a role in His kingdom and to live out what God has here for us on earth requires us to give up our dreams, our plans, and our milestone achievements to His authority.
God Has Something For You in This Season
I’ve been learning to cling on to God’s promises and to trust that He is working even in the moments that seem to be mundane and insignificant to me.
In Romans 8:28, Paul the Apostle says to the church “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” He goes on to say in Romans 8:31-32, “If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?”
God loves us. God promised that He is for us and that all things work together for good.
There are people that you will encounter, experiences that you will go through, and lessons that you will learn that are meant to happen in this season.
Whether or not we understand the events and experiences that we walk through, God has something for us right now that is working for our good and for His kingdom.
In the times where we question our purpose, our circumstances, and our future, God is asking us to be obedient and faithful to Him in the present. He is molding us through the experiences that we go through and preparing us for what He calls us to do.
It is confirmed in John 15: 1-4 when Jesus says, “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.”
God wants our lives to be fruitful. He wants the absolute best for us. I think it comes down to answering the question and making the decision for ourselves – do we want God’s best for us?
This is where I’m at. I am here. Maybe you’re here too. Some days are harder than others and some days are easier than others.
My dreams, my career, my relationship status, and all the milestone achievements are a daily surrender to the authority of God.
In doing so, I’ve been able to see His goodness and faithfulness over my life, my family, my friends, my community, and my city in this season of life that I’m currently walking in. I am here. I don’t exactly know where I’m headed just yet and that’s okay. I trust that God has a purpose and He is preparing us for what he calls us to do.
Life may not be how we pictured it to be in this moment. But in this moment we are here. By His grace we are here and by His grace we will get to where we are meant to be.