Guest Post from Cally!

(Cally and Lulu Bug)

One of the great things about having a blog for so long is that there’s LOTS of old material that can be repurposed.  So, here’s an oldie, but a goody from my pre-married, pre-career woman, pre-graduated little sister, Cally!   (Originally posted in April, 2010)

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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