What TO DO When God Changes Your Path.
As a 17 year old, you're kind of in that stage where the question is being thrown at you constantly..."What are you going to do with your life?"
It's that age where honestly, it's kind of stressful and scary, because the answer to that question is, "I have no. idea. whatsoever." And then others tell you not to worry, you have your whole life to figure it out. While that's true, you have to start doing something after school. You're still silently panicking inside.
Don't worry, everyone goes through it.
I was going to be an X-ray technician at one point, a dental assistant, a baker, a pet groomer, a hair stylist, a nail technician, and the list goes on and on. But as I started to get older I had this idea of settling on a dental assistant, because I just really was sick at looking into other fields. I had my mind so narrowly set; it was complicated and overwhelming.
(Can I get an "AMEN" to the fact that we, ourselves, add a lot to cause that stress?)
But little did I know, God had so much in store for me, and He still has things beyond comprehension prepared for me in the future.
God started to give me interests in a field that I had never given a second thought about. (I'm not yet going to speak of the particular field, I'm keeping things private at the moment. But I figured you could use this encouragement!) A few years ago, it was honest to goodness something I would have said, "ABSOLUTELY, NO!" to. It's still a bit frightening, the process, how big it is, but I'm at peace, because I truly feel God saying, "Katlyn, this is what I want you to do."
How am I at peace with something that I had no plans or intentions of? How am I at peace with what I feel is the opposite of what I wanted to do?
Because Isaiah 55:8-9 says this:
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
You see, what we have to realize is when we hand our lives over to God, it doesn't (or shouldn't) matter what we want anymore. It's all about building up HIS Kingdom. So, that means laying down our lives and desires. Does that mean you're going to live a gruesome, boring life? No! God has something so much better in store for us.
Sometimes what it means when He redirects our paths, is that He's preventing us from something that was going to hinder us. Or He's giving us something better than what we originally wanted; He's that much of a loving, caring God. He doesn't change things to make you miserable and upset.
And if He does change our plans and call us into something else, it's not like God's going to call you into something without giving you a passion and drive for it. Of course you'll have to put forth your part, but He's not going to leave you deserted in a cave somewhere for you to figure it out on your own. He's there to help and provide a way that you never saw possible.
I'm not saying that I have figured it all out, because believe me, I have not. But I do know this, He's placed a true passion in my heart that I didn't know I once had for this field that He's called me into. And I know for a fact that He will not let me down because it says in Hebrews chapter 13 and verse 5 :
...he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
So, when God re-routes your path, know this: He's not trying to tear you down, He's trying to benefit you and bring glory to HIM. Trust in Him to guide you. Don't stubbornly and selfishly turn your cheek to God, because it wasn't something you wanted. He has something magnificent planned for you. Praise Him for that...for the unknown, and for His plans.
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Hi there! I'm Katlyn Grace and welcome to the advice section. Here we get real. These blogposts are written from my heart to yours. And I pray that they encourage your heart and bring joy to your soul. I warmly invite you to join me on this journey with the Lord!