If you know me, you know that I am a planner. I plan out everything from daily tasks to what I want my future to look like. I have to know what I am doing in advance, or I stress out. I am not known for being spontaneous or liking surprises. If I am doing something, you can bet that I probably wrote down that I was doing it on my calendar at least the day before (but probably a month ago if we are being honest). I am a bit of a control freak when it comes to my time and my plans, no matter how big or small.
If you relate to that, then you probably hate to wait. You hate having no control over a situation and not knowing what the outcome will be. The future can be a little frightening, especially when our “plan” does not seem to be going the way we planned for it to.
One thing that I have had to learn, especially as a college student, is that there is a time to wait. I had to realize that I am not the one who gets to plan my life, that is up to the expert, God. He already has the perfect plan set up for my life, but that means I have to wait for that plan to play out.
When I say wait for God’s plan, I do not mean that I am going to just sit around waiting for a sign or for something to just fall in my lap. The great thing about God is that He will open and close all of the right doors for us in life. I still have to take action in my life, but I have to remember something. If one door slams in my face, it does not mean I am a failure. It means that it was not God’s will for me, and that there is something better out there for me.
Trust me, I know it is easier to say you will trust God with your “plan” than to actually trust Him. It is still a daily struggle for me to not stress about my future. I stress about my future career and my future family and everything in between. There are times when I feel like I will never get the things I want for my life. When I really think about it though, every single door that has closed has been a blessing in disguise because it usually leads to something better even though I feel like a failure in the moment. We have to look at the bigger picture, and remember that God is always in control and that He wants what is best for us.
Every single closed and open door is an experience that teaches us a valuable lesson. We might not see what that lesson is in the moment, but we will later down the road. Some times it is going to be extremely hard and challenging, but let those hard times strengthen your faith. Those experiences shape us into the person God wants us to be in the present and the future. He definitely knows what He is doing.
“Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.” James 1:2-4 MSG
Remember that there is a time to wait. It might be hard, but I promise you that it will be worth it in the end when God takes you to where you belong.