The Graduate & The Great Unknown

By Emilee Burroughs

 Congratulations!

     Whether you recently graduated from middle school, high school or college, you just reached a huge milestone in your life. Now that your classes are over and the summer is finally here, you may feel anxious about the future. I get it: the unknown is scary. The road ahead of you may seem obscured by clouds of uncertainty, and you can’t see two steps ahead of you. But take comfort in the knowledge that you have a Guide who walks alongside you. He knows what lies on the path ahead of you, and He will lead you step-by-step. 
     If you’re anything like me, you think about life after graduation more times than you’d like to admit. Leaving behind a place that you’re familiar with and going someplace new is terrifying. But good things are in store for you as you move onto the next stage of your life. C.S. Lewis once said, “There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” 
     On May 6, I walked across a stage to receive my college diploma. Four years of hard work as an undergrad have led up to this rewarding moment. But what happens now that I have my degree? Will I miraculously have a revelation about what I’m supposed to do with my life? Probably not. But while I don’t know what will happen next in my life, I rest in the assurance that Jesus knows. 
     Trusting God with your summer and post-graduation plans are easier said than done. It’s difficult at times to entrust your future to God, especially when you don’t know what comes next. The alternative to trusting God—worrying—may seem like an easier option. However, worrying about the future gives you a false sense of control. The keyword here is false: worrying does nothing to alleviate that anxious feeling in your stomach as you think about starting high school, college or a new job. You can make as many Plan B’s, C’s and D’s as you want, but ultimately, God is in control of the future. So rest in the certainty that the One who created you also created your future. 
     Lately I’ve been reading Romans 8:28 whenever I find myself worrying about my post-graduation future. This verse says, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (NIV). 
     This verse reassures me that no matter how uncertain the future may seem, God is in control of every detail of it. As his daughters, we can be “confident that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ” (Philippians 1:6, NIV). 
     The last verse I want to leave you with is Jeremiah 29:11, “’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future’” (NIV). 
     God knows all about your fears of the future and wants you to give those fears over to Him. Although you may not know right now what His plans for you are, you can know that His plans for your life are good. He will never leave your side as you two continue walking along the path of life. Enjoy your time in college, and when it does come to an end, trust that God will show you what adventures are next.