I’ve been thinking a lot about the future lately. I know that I’m not alone in this. I think deep down, we all ruminate over what the future holds for us at the end of the year. Many of us sit and write new year's resolutions. We plan out how we want the new year to look and carefully curate strategies that will make these resolutions a reality. I love that on the brink of the new year we reflect and commit to making changes in our lives for the better. Truthfully though, my prayer at the end of this year is not to achieve my usual list of resolutions, but for the Lord to direct me where He wants me to go. As a recent graduate, I have been wrestling with feeling uncertain about what to do next. If you’ve ever been a student, then you can probably relate. After the excitement of graduation has worn off, you’re faced with the reality of the future. You begin to wonder where to go next, what to do, where to apply. In fact, you don’t even need to be a graduate to understand what this feeling is like.
A few hours ago, I was spending time with God, speaking to Him about my future, yet again. I sat down and thought deeply about what He might do next in my life. I wondered where He wanted me to go and what He wanted me to do. I wondered which way He would lead me to go next. I also wondered how He would do it. In the midst of wondering, I felt myself becoming anxious. I had never quite walked through a season in my life where I didn’t know what was next, until now. The more I thought about it, the more anxious I became, until I heard the Holy Spirit speak quietly to my heart: “God knows the way”. As soon as I heard it, a feeling of relief swept over me. A feeling of peace enveloped me. In the moment, I realized that I don’t have to know everything because God knows the way. I don’t have to know what God is going to do next, nor do I need to know how He will do it. I can trust that He will guide me along the best pathway for my life, like the psalmist says in Psalm 32:8 (NLT). I can trust that God will not only guide me on the best pathway for my life, but He will counsel me along this path as I walk. I recognized at that moment that I don’t have to spend my days, or the end of this year worrying or wondering which way to go in 2022, because God already knows the way and He will lead me.
If you’ve found yourself feeling anxious about your future, or what is next for you in 2022, I want to remind you that God has a plan for your life—a good one (Jeremiah 29:11) and He knows the way. He knows where you are going even if you don’t and He knows how to get you there on time. Trust Him today as we move forward into 2022. Believe that you are not walking alone and that the creator of the universe is leading you exactly where He wants you to go.
Remember, as you walk into 2022: God knows the way.