“When you come to a fork in the road … take it.” – Yogi Berra
It’s Spring. Yesterday, as I sat at my table doing some work, rain decided to visit us in a torrential downpour. Power went out in a flash and then it was back. My wi-fi went down for a whole 5 minutes…The world was ending! Today it’s beautiful. Blue skies are out, there’s a cool breeze, and I can watch baseball every night. Life is good.
Life changes. People come, others go. Jobs begin, while others end. Starbucks stops carrying your favorite seasonal drink, only to replace it with a unicorn frappuccino…This is the nature of seasons.
Many of you are approaching graduation, whether it be from high school or college. Others of you are making a move in residence, career, or in your relationships. Whatever season you may be leaving and whatever chapter is beginning, we all know that thing called “change”. It’s not always pleasant. In fact, change can be downright painful! Just ask my stomach when I say goodbye to Ben & Jerry’s and say hello to vegetables…I’m learning this terrible change as we speak.
With change often comes this thing we call uncertainty. What’s next? Where do I go? What relationships should I invest in? Where should I live? How does the next chapter unfold? Who will I become?
“God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well.” – Voltaire
Thanks Voltaire. Beautiful quote, but…how do we get to the living well part?!?!
When I was in high school, the transition to college wasn’t that huge of a leap. I mean, I was still a student with “potential” and “aspirations”. The changes were primarily in environment and level of educational responsibility.
It was in 2005 that seasons began to officially change in my life. I graduated from college and was still trying to find a job. All the applications I had sent out prior to graduation didn’t materialize. My heart was into the arts and I had earned a degree in Communication Studies to find a stable job. Surely someone would want to hire me!
One month passed. Nothing.
Two months were gone. Still nothing.
Then I ran into a former professor who suggested I get a job working at the University while I looked for something more long-term. That job opened up a million different doors, dreams, and seasons to come. Was the change scary? You have no idea…Was the season necessary? Absolutely. I probably would never have had the courage to pursue my dreams without the lessons learned during that job.
We often find ourselves comparing our lives to one another, especially when seasons are changing. As a student, it was easy to compare my transition upon graduation to the jobs and new chapters of my classmates. Maybe you’re in that position right now. I can’t explain why some people have an easier journey than others, but I can tell you that your season is just as significant as those you consider to be more successful.
“Don’t compare your path with anybody else’s. Your path is unique to you.” – Ram Dass
What’s next? Only God knows. Yet, I can tell you that you’re in a great place when you have to rely upon God for the next steps.
Maybe that’s why life is so uncertain. Maybe God is trying to get us to fully lean into Him each breath and each beat of the heart…Maybe that’s the point of all the seasons and the uncertainty. Knowing God.
Whatever season you’re going through, I hope you know that it’s OK to not have it all figured out. I’m 33 and I know less now than I did when I was 23. It’s the nature of living – you learn that you know very little.
Give yourself some grace, dream big, step into faith, and trust God as you walk into this new season.
That’s what’s next.