Trusting God with the Future

When I was in 8th grade, I thought I had everything planned out regarding College. I knew that I wanted to attend my local community college to double-major and get an AA in Journalism and Photography, then transfer to my local University to receive a BA in both of those.

But, now, it seems as if those plans I thought I wanted to pursue are changing. I still want to major in Journalism and Photography, but I’m also considering Library Sciences. All three of those majors include things I am interested in. And on top of that, I’ve heavily thought about maybe going straight to University after High School.

Between my Junior and Senior year, I will meet the A-G requirements to do that, and thus, I want to pursue it. It’ll allow me to attend an online Christian University (I’m uncertain of where the world will be regarding COVID in 2023, so I’m really considering this option).

I’ve been looking into Universities and talking with my Guidance Counselor and family about the ideas I have in mind. However, thinking about something that is so far away (2 years, to be exact) stresses me. But even though I can get stressed regarding it, I cannot stop thinking about it; it feels as if this is one thing I’m always thinking about all the time.

But, I also feel fearful of not knowing if my plans and dreams are within God’s will and if He has something else in my mind for me. I’ve been wondering, “Will I be okay if God changes the plans?” And because of that, it seems as if I’m trying to plan it all myself, as I want things to go my way.

I realize that what I’m doing is wrong. Sure, it’s okay that I have ideas about what I want to pursue, but ultimately I have to trust God and ask Him for guidance. He already has everything figured out; He knows what College I’ll go to and what I’ll major in, but He just hasn’t shown me yet. I must be willing to let Him lead instead of worrying since I’m trying to figure it out myself.

A Bible verse that the Lord has been pressing on my heart as of lately is 1st Thessalonians 5:17.

Pray without ceasing.

1st Thessalonians 5:17

It’s a concise verse, yet there is so much truth in it. In short, we should bring everything to God in prayer.

Honestly, I don’t pray nearly enough as I should be, as it’s something that I tend to put on the back burner. But I’m learning that spending time in prayer is a way to help my relationship with God grow since it is constant one-on-one communication with Him. I should be praying to Him about everything all the time; it’ll help me trust Him more and leave matters into His Hands.

Oh, what needless pain we bear; all because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.”

What A Friend We Have in Jesus

This will be a challenging journey because I really have to trust God with this big decision. I don’t know what is to come or what He has in-store, which is why I cannot rely on myself. I do not have all the answers, and I’m certainly not perfect. I pray that the Lord may help me not just say it but actually live it out.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.

Proverbs 3:5

What is something that you have learned about trusting God?

14 thoughts on “Trusting God with the Future

  1. When I was about your age I had similar questions. Jesus reply from his word, “Follow me.” Wherever you go follow him. It’s not so much the path as it is how you walk it. Follow him, He won’t lead you astray. And in my case, my path changed many times in ways I never dreamed but I can truthfully say, at a much older age, in follow him, He has met my desire for my desire was and is for him.

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    1. Trusting God is something that we’ll always have to do, no matter how old we get. We do not know what is best as only God does, which is why we can trust Him. He has everything all planned out, but we must be willing to follow His lead and be in control. ❤

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  2. I can totally relate – figuring life out is TOUGH! I’m so glad we have God to ask for guidance and lean on during difficult times. It’s so comforting to know that He has a plan and that it will all work out on the end. 🙂

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    1. Yes, I am glad that we have God for that reason! Otherwise, we’d be wandering along in the world, not knowing what we need to do.

      I am thankful that He has the desire to guide and lead us in the direction that He has planned out for us. We cannot figure anything out on our own. ❤

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  3. Wow, thank you for this post!
    Recently, I’ve been feeling a lot of the same things: Where to go to college, what to major in, what should I do with my relationships if I leave my home city, etc. and I’ve just been so stressed. (even though I literally have 4 years to decide. XD) This post helped me see that I’m not the only one going through this.
    Just last night, I was doing my Bible reading (Num. ch. 3 to be precise.) and it hit me. I suddenly realized. Why have I not taken this to God yet? So Right then and there I started praying about everything that was on my mind and after a few minutes peace just settled in my heart. I was able to pray, like I haven’t prayed in a long time, and to believe that God was actually listening to my prayers.
    I realized I haven’t’ been praying as much as I should be. And I’m trying to change that.
    I just want to you to know, that though I’m here and you’re never the only one struggling, God will always be by your side.
    -Jules

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    1. Wow, that is beautiful, Jules! And the fact that you were reading that chapter, that was God’s providential timing. There was something that He wanted to teach you, and praise God that you listened. He is full of SO much wisdom, and because His plan for us is perfect, we never have to doubt.

      Yes, God is always by our side and will never leave us. That is why we can trust Him! He is everlasting and will not leave us, even when we stray from Him. ❤

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  4. I’ve learned that trusting God is a mixture of faith (believing God) and knowing Him personally, and that it is the most essential thing to obeying Him and walking with Him faithfully through any situation. I’ve also learned that it’s SO much easier to trust Him when we’re praising Him and telling Him we love Him all throughout our days, as well as when we’re regularly in the Word and in prayer. But not just in prayer, but _waiting on God in silence_ is such a beautiful time with Him that has taught me to trust Him and to hear His voice so much more clearly. Agh, trusting God is so amazing!!! We could go on forever about the wonderful, beautiful life of trust.

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    1. Beautifully said, Liam! When we know God so well and we intimately grow our relationship with Him, it makes trusting Him a lot easier and our faith also gets stronger. It helps us to realize even more that He really is trustworthy and believe more that His plans for us are good. Truly, trusting God is wonderful because even though we’re admitting that we’re weak and cannot do anything on our own, it allows us to rely on a sturdy Rock who has everything planned out.

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  5. Wonderful post Heaven! I tend to look toward the future with a plan in mind, forgetting that God already has a plan, whether that includes what I’m planning I don’t know yet, but I need to trust that it will be good for me. Everything God does is for His glory and our good, so I can trust Him to take care of me both now and forever!
    Keep trusting Him with your life, my friend, He will lead you to greater things than we could ever imagine! ❤

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    1. Yes; so true! He has everything worked out, and whether that includes what we are planning or not, He’s still a good God. Why? Because He knows what is best for us, and His ways are perfect. He would never, ever, lead us in a way that contradicts what He says in His word. And thus, that is why we can trust Him no matter what. ❤ Thank you for your lovely comment, friend!

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  6. Thank you for sharing, Heaven! I’m working through similar things, and needed the reminder to trust in the Lord and seek Him.
    Something God has been teaching me about trust, is that sometimes it’s an active choice. A choice to step into the fire, trusting God. And that the feeling of peace sometimes comes later. And that’s okay.
    Keep marching on in His strength! ♥️

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    1. Amen! Trusting is an active choice because it’s up to us to either leave it in His Hands, or figure it out by ourselves. But, trusting God does bring peace because we know that He has it already worked out. I’m glad that this encouraged you, friend! ❤

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