Cliff jumping. One of my favorite activities. As long as there is safe looking water beneath me I will jump off any cliff. Before I jump I feel am uncontrollable sense of trepidation and fear. It happens every time. There is always a chance that I accidentally land on a rock below, or don’t jump far out enough. There is always a possibility for pain, but if I never jumped I would miss out on the liberating feeling of flying in the air and the coolness of the water below. Venturing off unto this next semester feels like I am blindly walking off a cliff into the unknown. Who knows if there is any water beneath me this time.
First off, its okay if your future may seem a little hazy. I think a lot of us, myself included, think that we should have our life planned out right here and now. I try to figure out every detail of my future, ensuring my safety. Usually this is never how it actually happens. Nothing really every goes as planned. In fact most of the leadership positions,relationships, opportunities, and scholarships I have received or been a part of have been unexpected and unplanned. I just happened upon the right person or right place to be to apply. The same goes for career paths. Often times people don’t even use there major after college.Yet here I am all worked up about my minor. (Which I have changed like four times.) My father majored in history and but went on to get his masters in exercise physiology. Now he works in a hospital with heart patients. When he was in my shoes he would have never thought he would be where he is now.
Another example of this is a big hero of mine, Simon Sinek, a bestselling author and speaker, majored in cultural anthropology and then wanted to go to law school and be a barrister , then left law school to go into advertising. Crazy plot twist, right? Just wait it gets better. He went on to write an amazing book (then two more). All of which have been incredibly influential in my life. He also began speaking and influencing others all over the world. His work has impacted thousands of people and workplaces. And it all began with a degree in cultural anthropology.
As easy as it is- don’t get caught up in your future plans. More than likely they will change. Your circumstances change. You change your mind. And great opportunities can come out of nowhere.
Both patience and persistence in the present moment are essential to overcoming the fear of the unknown. If you are patient and don’t force your plans into action they will likely fall in place better. Persistency is key because it is dedication to the present so your future will be better. Focusing on the present doesn’t mean you have to aimlessly walk around too intense on the moment and having no goals in the future. It just means realizing that things take time to develop.
Fearful. I know I am not the only one who is fearful to enter this next semester, or this next year. Fear comes with any new phase of life or any new challenge. There are so many possibilities, and I have no idea what I am getting myself into. I don’t know if my classes will be hard. I don’t know if my professors will be harsh. I don’t know if I will see my friends as often. To be honest I don’t know if I will fail or succeed at what I am doing. I don’t know. I don’t know. I don’t know.
What I do know is this.
We cannot lean on our own understanding, because God has a whole plan already laid out for our lives. We may not know what it is yet to come and that is okay. As much as we try to plan and stay in control we never will be. Let go of the reins and uunderstand that through all the chaos and fear God is in control. You are going to make mistakes and that is okay. Glorify God through every mistake and every success. Your life is going to take unexpected turns for the better and for the worse. Stop planning your life and worrying about every detail. Life with God is an unpredictable adventure, let it be so.
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging”. Pslams 46:1-3
Put daily reminders of God’s truth all around your house, work, dorm, bathroom, or wherever you will see them. As I go throughout this new phase of life and jumping into the unknown there is something comforting in knowing that there is nothing in the world that I rely on or hold onto. Everything in this world is temporary. God is eternal. Whatever it is that you may be facing this semester or year, just know that God is bigger.
“I will trust here in the mystery I will trust in you completely” -Heros (Amanda Cook)
“God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day”. -Pslams 46:5
Let God be your water below. Let him be your safety net. Let him be your everything. Even if you don’t jump where you wanted to God will catch you. Things will go wrong. Things will go right. He has a plan. Jump. Never let fear keep you from jumping into the unknown.