This applies to the graduate who is moving away from everything she knows to a new town, new college and new season of life. It also applies to the girl who just found out her mom or dad got a new job in a different city and her whole world feels like it’s turning upside down. A lot of us have been there; I have been there! These feelings of excitement for a new adventure and chapter in life begin to mix with feelings of fear of the unknown. How they co-exist I will never know, but they do!
I vividly remember the day I decided to move to Nashville, Tenn., to attend Belmont University. I had lived in the same town my entire life and basically felt like I lived in this little bubble. It was a bubble most people never left. And don’t get me wrong—it was and still is a great bubble! I was one of the few kids in my high school choosing to leave California to venture off into a new land (and yes, I am crazy for leaving California, people keep reminding me of that!). I still don’t quite understand how I ended up in Nashville; all I know is that it was clearly the Lord’s plan all along! I don’t think I ever really knew anything about Nashville, but the Lord allowed me to discover Belmont University online (praise the Lord for the Internet!), and the next thing I knew, I was on a plane with three suitcases of clothes moving to a place I knew little about and, more importantly, a place where I knew ZERO people! The Lord was gracious to give me His perfect peace, but I definitely still had some freakout moments when I doubted His voice and my decision to follow it out to Nashville.
Those moments of peace came when I could hear Him whispering in my ear Jeremiah 29:11, “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord. ‘They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'” A verse most of us have heard over and over again, but in these moments I felt like I was finally able to understand what they truly meant. My God was not bringing me to Nashville to abandon me there and force me into loneliness and despair (all lies the enemy wanted me to believe!). NO, my God is FOR me, NOT against me. He had and still has amazing plans for me! Plans of joy, hope and freedom! He did not promise me a plan that was full of comfort, hence the call to move to an unknown place, but He did promise to be with me every step of the way (and forever!).
So if you have been reading this and have found yourself in a similar situation, let me tell you this: Adventures with the Lord are the absolute best! When you are walking hand in hand with the Lord, there is absolutely nothing to fear. He is your provider! I walked into a town where I knew no one, and within a few months met people who became some of my dearest and closest friends (including my best friend, whom I now work with and write fun blogs like this with!).
Our God is a faithful God! He fulfills promises, He stays by your side even when you shout at Him with anger, He takes you on adventures that are always worth it and He never forsakes you. Some might look at your situation of moving as crazy, but sometimes that’s when you know you are following the Lord’s plan! We aren’t called to live lives of comfort; we are called to follow His plans and His will. No matter how much you fight it or doubt it, His plans will always be the best! So trust Him, take a step out in faith and watch as He provides a beautiful life you could never dream up yourself!