Timing is everything.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

For those of us who graduated from college this month, this milestone marks the end of a significant portion of our young lives. Now, as many of my friends and family can attest to, I’m an unusual case in that I’ve been looking forward to post-grad life for a while now—I’ve never been one to turn down adventure, and the unknown future is an adventure in itself.

But for those of us who fear the unpredictability of what’s to come or are simply mourning the loss of adolescent freedoms and college life in general, consider this: timing.

God has created an allotted time for everything under the sun (read Ecclesiastes 3:1-9). So as we travel through life, sometimes gracefully and other times, stumbling, God’s timing is on our side.

In my own life, as I look back on the four years I spent in undergrad, hindsight allows me to recognize the purpose behind my periods of stumbling. My sophomore year was messy, for example—I started my college experience from scratch as a transfer student at a new school in a very different state—but in the midst of my mess, I realized my love for politics and picked up a second major. I got to know (and learned to love) myself that year. Now, as I start my first real job on a political campaign in Florida, I am often amazed at how far God has brought me.

Zora Neale Hurston was famously quoted saying: “There are years that ask questions and there are years that answer.” And in reading that, you might be nodding your head and thinking that this upcoming year is punctuated by a big, fat question mark.

But rest assured, God has the answer. 

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.” - Jeremiah 29:11

So, be not afraid of what's ahead—we're all living on God's time anyway.

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