Wherever we are in life, uncertainty is certain. Whether it’s job hunting or wondering what to do at university, it’s hard to know what’s next. And with that uncertainty it’s easy for fear to creep in about what might happen around the corner. But God knows what’s next. So how do we involve him in the journey?
Give God the space
When we’re nervous about the future it’s easy to distract ourselves by killing time on the internet, wasting hours streaming shows or scrolling through social media. However I’ve found it incredibly helpful to put time aside each day to just be in silence with my thoughts and talk to God about my worries and concerns. Whether it’s the first thing I do when I wake up or later in the day, spending time with God, praying and meditating on scripture is really important.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight – Proverbs 3:5-6
Making a daily habit of giving space for God to speak is a great way to involve Him in the journey of figuring out what’s next. And by lifting up our worries to Him, we can be free from the fear of uncertainty, knowing that God has it all under control and knows what’s best for our lives. It’s hard, but putting complete trust in God and surrendering to him is a great way to not worry about the future.
Invite others in
When I’m uncertain of what’s next, I often retreat and cut myself off from other people. Really that’s the complete opposite of what I should do. Remember that you are not alone. Surround yourself with people to support you as you navigate the uncertainty. They can join with you in prayer, talk things through and help you in your journey. It could be a close friend, a relative or someone in your local church that you could meet up with for coffee or keep in touch with over text.
Even something like listening to a podcast is a great way to remember that others on the journey with you. They’re a great reminder of who God says He is and who He says we are. I often hear what God’s saying to me through them and feel greatly encouraged. Podcasts are great because you can fit them into your daily routine. I often listen to them on train journeys, while job hunting, eating lunch or taking the dog for a walk.
It’s important to remember that journeying in the midst of uncertainty does not mean we are alone. God wants to be involved in our lives and help us discover what’s next. We just have to let him in.
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