To give you a little background on my life I am 18 years old and this past November I finished my BSBA in accounting. I did 6 years worth of school in the past 3 ½ years. Let’s just say I
have been really busy working toward this goal of finishing my college degree.
The worry of what I was going to do the rest of my life started about three months before I finished my degree. I was wondering what I was going to do after words, what goal should I
have now, how can I serve God in a big way now, etc.?
All I was doing was working part time as a nanny and at a bait shop, that’s it.
I had this perfect plan I was going to get this internship and then everything would work out great. Well I didn’t get the internship and other things I had planned fell through too, so I felt like I was back at square one.
I was actually getting a little frustrated at God, “Why don’t you use me now to do big things?” “Why are you not using me to change the world now, I am willing?”
I thought I was the perfect person to serve God: young, no debt, had a degree, and a believer.
Then this opportunity to go to Greece came up and I was eager to go because I have always wanted to go visit my uncle and his family there. About two weeks before I left for Greece God started preparing my heart and I decided to serve my Uncle Mark’s family anyway that I could.
While I was in Greece I was serving my uncle’s family and was having a great attitude, and most days I would go to the Bible school and sit in on the classes. A frequent theme in multiple classes while I was there was the concept of resting.
I finally understood it when my Uncle Mark gave this example in one of his classes: life is like a pendulum we swing between fruit bearing and growth stage to pruning and resting stage I understood that these past 3 ½ years I had been working so hard on school I had been growing and fruit bearing but now that I am finished I need to be pruned and rested so that I can serve God better in the future.
Some examples from the Bible are: Paul took several years before he started his ministry and Jesus didn’t start is ministry till he was 30 years old (Luke 3:23) and then He would rest during His ministry to go meet with God and take a break (Mark 1.35-39 and 6:30)
It then hit me that God does have a plan for my life and that I am in a resting period right now and I don’t need to worry about my future because God has it under control. It also hit me that
my goal should be right now to serve the people around me namely my family because if I am not faithful in the little things how can God expect me to be faithful in the big things.
The weeks since God has shown me this have been amazing. I have experienced such peace about my future and God has been opening my eyes on ways I could love my family.
Regarding my future I am a person that works best with goals, so I have a goal I am working towards, but I am ready for any changes God throws my way. I know He is in control and I don’t need to be.
How does this apply to your life? Be faithful in the little things and realize that God will bless you with bigger things at the perfect time. Also, realize there is a time to work and a time to rest.
One of the biggest things God can ever entrust us with is being a wife and a mother and training our children in character. I can’t wait until God gives me that responsibility, but until then I
will be working on blessing those around me. Samantha Doebler