Be Still

by Abby Gerbitz  / May 2016


 

I cannot tell you how many times I’ve heard the question, “What do you want to do with your life?” or “What do you plan on doing with your degree?” I’m sure many of you can relate with me how often these types of questions arise. For me, the honest answer is, “I don’t know . . . yet.” While this does not satisfy most people, I have come to the terms with it. It’s taken a while and there are still times when I worry about the future. In times like these, I always hear the words of Matthew 6:27, “And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life?”

We live in such a fast-paced world in which everyone wants every minute of their lives planned. I don’t have a specific, detailed career outlined yet, but I can be reassured that just as God had a plan for my salvation, He has a plan for my life.

My roommates and I also have the beautiful reminder of Jeremiah 29:11 in a place where we see it daily, “’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” This was an incredible comfort to the children of Israel in captivity, and what an amazing comfort to us as well! The children of Israel were in need of a Savior, and the Lord promised to send Jesus. Their future, which looked bleak, was bright! Now, that promise has already been fulfilled, and we have the confidence that the most important plan is already complete.

We live in such a fast-paced world in which everyone wants every minute of their lives planned. I don’t have a specific, detailed career outlined yet, but I can be reassured that just as God had a plan for my salvation, He has a plan for my life. I love what I’m going to school for and am currently at a job actually related to my degree. It comforts me to know that these opportunities God grants me are Him equipping me with the skills and knowledge that I will need in the future for whatever He may have planned for me.

It is important to live in the present, focusing and working hard on what God puts in your life right now. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had many discouraging moments where I have had no idea what to do with my degree, or where my life is going, but in these times I can look to the Word for comfort and reassurance. One of my personal favorite passages, and the inspiration for my tattoo, is Psalm 46:10, “Be still, and know that I am God.” This is my daily reminder that there is no need to worry because God earned my salvation and is always in control of my life. I still think ahead and work hard to prepare for when I’m finally out of college, but I do so with the confidence that God already has designed a plan for my life on this earth that is much better than I could ever devise on my own, with His ultimate gift of eventually bringing me to heaven once my earthly pilgrimage is through.