Monday, July 18, 2011

Where To Go From Here: Choosing Your Next Step

It’s shocking to me to think that it’s now time for me to start considering different colleges and figuring out where to go after I graduate from high school next May. I get nervous even thinking about it. It’s such a big decision, such a big turning point in my life. I already tend to over-analyze every decision I make, scared that I’ll end up making the wrong one. Not to mention there are so many different options to consider. Which school should I go to, and for how long? Or should I even go to college? What happens if I don’t like my major or the college that I choose? What should I major in?

Philippians 4:6 says “Be anxious for nothing, but with everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your heart and mind through Christ Jesus.” I’ve had to learn recently that God directs each and every step that I take, which means that I don’t need to worry about where to go from here or even when I’ll be arriving. All I need to know is that God is with me and He knows what will ultimately be best for me.

Have you ever driven somewhere, unsure of where you were going, but the person in your passenger seat was giving you directions and knew exactly where you were going? That’s how it is with us and God. Although we’re the ones driving, he’s the one that’s guiding us. We don’t need to ask Him which direction we should take five minutes from now. Why should we ask that? All we need to know is where to go from here. Continue straight on the path that we’re on, or turn right onto a new road?

Our Father is completely trustworthy. He knows the destination very well and he knows which roads that we need to take in order to reach that destination. So why do we worry so often, as if we’re GPS-less and in the car by ourselves with no idea as to where we’re going? No, we may not have a clue where we’re going. But we certainly are not on our own. We have the ultimate GPS leading us and telling us where to go-one step at a time, one turn at a time. Trust that your Father, who will always be with you, knows exactly where you should go and exactly how you should get there.
“I am God, your God, who teaches you how to live right and well. I show you what to do, where to go.”
~Isaiah 48:17

Also, keep in mind that in order to receive an answer you must first ask. Be obedient to obey God’s answer no matter how strange it may sound, and resist the temptation to take the route that yourself or others might think is best. Yes, there will be times when you’ll feel lost. But you won’t be—just trust God. You’ll reach the correct destination eventually. And the good news is that He will be by your side every step of the way.

"God's Sunrise will break in upon us,
Shining on those in the darkness,
those sitting in the shadow of death,
Then showing us the way, one foot at a time,
down the path of peace."
~Luke 1:79

Do you also get nervous thinking about where you should go after school? Do you sometimes feel as if you’re the only one in the car, without a clue of where you’re headed? Have you experienced the panic of being completely lost and unsure if you are headed in the right direction?


  1. I know exactly how you're feeling! I'm also trying to make decisions about my future and trying to know God's will for my life. It's most definitely difficult, but I've decided to put Him in control. :)
    Thanks for a great post! I love the scripture verses!


  2. You have your whole life ahead of you. Enjoy the ride! Where did you decide to go?

  3. Good luck with everything -- I love the GPS analogy. And thanks for pointing out the verses!


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