When You’re Wondering What’s Next in Life
There you are waiting and wondering what’s next for your life. You’ve always been a list maker, someone who’s lived in the future, planning and living for the next box to check off your list of life achievements.
You couldn’t wait to check the Mrs. box and announce to the world that you’ve found your true love. Check.
You couldn’t wait to expand your family and had been planning your pregnancy announcement years before it came to fruition. Check.
With those dreams achieved and conquered, you’re wondering what’s next for your life.
In order for you to feel alive and excited, you plan your life one goal at a time. Always striving and reaching for that next milestone, you’re not fulfilled unless you’re plotting and planning your next step.
Looking at your imaginary list of life achievements, you realize that many of your dreams have already come true. But as each dream is reached, you hunger and thirst for more in your soul.
And now you’re at a crossroads, eager to move towards some new goal and reach that next phase. Yet for once, you have no idea what’s next for you.
It’s terrifying not to live plotting your next big move. In fact, you find yourself paralyzed and more than a little fearful of what the future has in store for you.
Yet friend, this time in the waiting room of life can be precious. As you’re on the brink of the unknown, God can mold you and fashion your character in His image.
It’s in the season of wondering that God can grow you in faith as you learn to seek Him for direction and guidance.
It’s in this this holding pattern where your relationship with Him can bloom, as you rest in His promise to guide and direct your steps.
It’s in the unknown where character is refined, and that you learn to lean on Him for your next breath.
While this season of wondering seems like you’re standing still and that time is ticking away, instead of plotting and planning, you can take action with these simple ways.
Rid yourself of the noise of this world, and block out the sounds of the masses telling you where you should go and how you should be.
Trim the excess from your life so you can hear God and truly know where He is leading you. Sometimes the noise of social media and the trappings of this world can overshadow His voice and lead to discontentment.
Simplify to make room for more of Him and less of you.
Instead of planning your own course, hit your knees and seek God’s face. Dive into His Word and pursue Him instead of your next dream or milestone.
Take this opportunity to focus your heart on Him alone, diving deeper into His Word than ever before. Have the courage to overhaul your spiritual life before taking your next step.
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Trust God’s promise to guide you on this great journey through life and pray with purpose as you seek His wisdom. While it may seem that life is one big mountain to climb and milestone to conquer, may you find that a deeper passion and love for the Lord is your ultimate reward. Friend, He is your prize.
Time waiting for the next phase of life can be consuming and it’s easy to become blind to the needs of others. We can easily miss the opportunity to lend a helping hand to someone in need when we’re focused on our own struggles.
Dare yourself to look outside your tunnel vision and to open your eyes to the aching world around you. May God give you the vision of how you can help a hurting heart during this season.
Get outside yourself and love your family like tomorrow is your last day on earth.
Find a ministry or a tangible way to be the hands and feet of Jesus.
Encourage others around you with thoughtfulness and acts of service. As you wait, trust that God will reveal His path to you at the appointed time.
While it’s tempting to wish away this season, passionately pursue a God who loves you and longs to know you. His peace can eclipse the longing and yearning with joy and rest in His holy presence.
There IS joy in the blind, child-like faith that leads to a life fully humbled and surrendered before the King!