“God has called you to peace” (1 Corinthians 7:15).
As I approach the last few months of my senior year of high school, it’s no surprise that there’s been an increasing number of people asking me what the future holds. “Do you know what you’re going to study next year? What do you want to do after college?” I try my best to answer these questions as honestly as possible, and it usually goes something like this: “I don’t know, but I’m kind of interested in (proceed to name about 20 random areas of study and career options)…”
The truth is, I don’t know. Sometimes I don’t even know what it is that I don’t know (well that’s a mouthful). Sometimes it takes me up to five minutes just to pick a shirt to wear in the morning, and I wear the same shirt every day in a different color (Catholic school polo swag — be jealous).
But the thing is, I’m okay with not knowing what the future holds. Uncertainty adds the elements of surprise and adventure to life, and without those, my days would be straight up boring. Plus, what better way to learn how to trust God than through uncertainty?
“Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord, let it be done to me according to your word” (Luke 1:38).
One of my favorite things to do is reflect on the Annunciation (Luke 1:26-38) — when the angel Gabriel visited Mary and announced that she would conceive a son… Jesus! One of the first things the angel tells Mary is to not be afraid (Luke 1:30); God’s plan is always going to bring us peace. And then, what amazes me most is that Mary, just a young teenager at the time, was able to humbly accept the Father’s will for her life by giving herself completely to Him in service. Mary’s “yes” radically changed the entire course of human history… just imagine what your “yes” could do.
I know that every single time I say “yes” to God, I am one step closer to becoming who He created me to be and to fulfilling my vocation. I don’t need to have my entire life planned out right now, and quite frankly, I don’t want it all planned out. The journey is all that matters. The past cannot be changed (though it can and should be learned from), and tomorrow is never a guarantee.
“Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God” (Philippians 4:6).
Of course I am excited for the future, but most importantly, I am striving to be fully invested in the present moment at all times. I believe that the Lord puts a call, gifts, and desires into each of our hearts… and the world needs it! The world needs YOU… and me, and everyone.
The human heart has noble desires for truth, beauty, goodness, and ultimately fulfillment and joy! But the thing is… no one can truly seek and find these things apart from fulfilling the will of God. I know for certain that He will reveal to us all we need to know, in His perfect timing and mysteriously awesome ways.
Living out God’s plan is like a super duper intricate and beautiful puzzle. He puts different pieces in the right place at the right time, and for now, only He knows what the finished picture looks like. Let’s trust Him… let’s love Him… let’s be saints!
“Be who God meant you to be, and you will set the whole world ablaze.” St. Catherine of Siena
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