You Don't Need To Have Everything Figured Out

"Where do you plan to be in five years?"

"What are your career goals for the next year?

"Why did you choose your major?"

I was taken aback after hearing these questions.

I'm sorry, I don't know what I want for breakfast tomorrow so I'm not positively confident about the answer to any of these questions. 

Later on I started grilling God, frustrated with why I don't know the answers to these questions. Shouldn't I know the answers to these pivotal points about my life?
God, why can't I see Your hands engaged in my life? Why can't I see my life going in a particular direction? Why is everything at a stand still? Why isn't anything moving forward? Why are You not giving me answers?

I just want to make sure that everything is going to work out okay. I'm a planner. It's critical that I have plans set in place. 

Sometimes I'm so absorbed in the future that I forget to indulge in the present. Sometimes I feel like my present situation is just an intermission before God continues orchestrating my life.

This season of waiting and confusion is not wasted. It's not useless, it's essential. Persevering through the questioning is building your character (Romans 5:4.) He is using this time to teach you and mold you into His strong son or daughter. If God can bring troops out of Egypt from the worst of circumstances, into pure freedom, why do you question if He will deliver you from your circumstances?

Could it be that God has not forsaken you in this time, but rather you have forsaken Him? Have you have forgotten to call on Him? Are you living for Him? I love this verse, "I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland." Isaiah 43:19

God wants to deliver water to the deepest and innermost desires of your soul. He longs to nourish every ounce of your being. He is preparing a way for you. He has not left you.

God longs to use you for His glory and He has plans to use you (Jeremiah 29:11.) He doesn't want to leave you where you are, though He loves you where you are. 

The Artist

An artist is working on a beautiful masterpiece, but it isn't finished yet. They love the work they've done so far, but they long to bring it to completion. While they're working on this piece, they're very quiet, intensely focusing on their art.

Often times when our Artist seems quiet, it's when He's creating the most beautiful masterpiece. God wants to use you and you may be longing to work for God, but you may not be ready yet. He is using this time to prepare you for your ministry.

In Galatians, Paul said that it took three whole years of God's handy-work, transforming his heart and providing him the wisdom he greatly needed to do the Kingdom work he was called to. Remember how Paul used to persecute the church? Imagine how he must have felt as He accepted the truth of Jesus Christ. He certainly felt unqualified, unprepared, cautious, weary, confused. But God radically transformed Him into a preacher of the faith he once tried to destroy (Galatians 1:23) Where he once deterred people from God with his words, he was now bringing people to faith through his actions.
Knowing God and receiving His grace means living in peace knowing that his hands are on you every second of your day, and in every season of your life, shaping you into exactly what He needs for His Kingdom and preparing you for your full God-given potential.
The beautiful thing is that you don't need to worry about where you'll be five, ten years from now. Thinking too much about the future robs you of the beauty of your present situation. Your present situation, which is a beautiful gift. We shouldn't deprive ourselves of this gift. God does tell us that there are wonderful things ahead;

 "So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you have to endure many trials for a little while." 1 Peter 1:6

"For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us." Romans 8:18

But He doesn't tell us to jump ahead into this future. Paul was in a season of waiting for three years as God prepared him. Paul was content even in that season (Philippians 4:11-14.) We are called to live to the fullest in the situation God has placed us in. It is a flesh-generated idea that we must have our lives figured out at a particular time. God exists outside of time. God is not limited by time.

The world pressures us into the trap of success and achievements. So when we don't get that well paying career, or achieve that cleché "perfect" family, we feel less-than. 

"Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect." Romans 12:2

We feel like we're running a race and being lapped by other runners who are chasing all the wrong things, yet we're trying to catch up and every time someone runs past us, we look up and feel judged or inadequate about where we are in comparison.
You don't need human approval. Jesus has given you the authority to be who you are and where you are. If you're in a season of waiting or confusion, Jesus has to power to radically transform your heart. 

Make God's goals, your goals.
Slow down.

Those who chase success, fame, fortune, etc don't have time to stop and smell the tulips (they're better than roses) Take in the beauty of where God has you right now. You're a beautiful flower on the verge of blossoming. This is a beautiful process of growth. Don't miss it.
When you're in the dumps about where you are right now, remember:
Caterpillars become butterflies. 

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