Guest Post From Cally!

(Cally and Lulu Bug)

We have another guest post today!  Today, we get to hear from my sister Cally.  Not only is she my sister, but she’s one of my best friends. (cheesy, but true)  She also faithfully proofreads every blog post and tells me when I write your when I mean you’re (oh, the horror!), or when I’m not making any sense.  And she runs her own nonprofit that empowers women in Thailand.  And she’s one of the most encouraging, generous people I know.  And she’s about to graduate college.  And she loves Jesus.  Cally, take it away!

So I offered to write a guest post for Elizabeth today because I know she is busy today, but I do feel like I have quite a hard act to follow after months of great insight from my sister and the most recent guest post from Josie. 

As a senior in college, I am daily faced with a looming graduation day and the incessant question: “So what are you doing next year?”  As a type-A planner with every hour color-coordinated, I desperately long to have the perfect job and apartment lined up, for my own sanity and so I can look impressive to other people.  The Lord has certainly shattered the idea that I can be in control of my timeline or my future and has recently been teaching me how to trust in Him, even when I really don’t want to.

“Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.”  Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow.  What is your life?  You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.  Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.”
James 4:13-15

Some part of me feels like this verse is a bit drastic (I guess that is because I prefer to consider myself to be at least slightly more important than mist), but the underlying point is true.  I have no idea what will happen tomorrow, next month, or next year.  I need to stop outlining my ideal for the next five years and refocus my priorities.  Instead of focusing on my call, my purpose, or my career, I need to focus on the Lord.  By seeking God and delighting in Him, I will receive the desires of my heart (even though I don’t know exactly what those are yet!).  I am unbelievably thankful that I trust a God who promises that He will provide not just plans, but “exceedingly abundantly more than we can ask or imagine.” (Ephesians 3:20)

Whether you are facing an imminent transition or just trying to figure out how the Lord will use you in your current situation, have faith that the Lord will provide.  Only through seeking Him can we be fully satisfied.  That is such a relief, because I cannot handle the pressure of being responsible for my own life.  If a certain lifestyle, city, or career would make me truly happy, I probably should have started the job search a little sooner!

 Delight yourself in the LORD
       and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the LORD;
       trust in him and he will do this:
He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn,
       the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.
Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him.

Psalm 37:4-7

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