Today's Devotional Thought
January 04, 2011 by Rachel Piferi
Hold On Through the Uncertainty
When I was in 7th grade, I decided that I was going to attend the College of William & Mary. I told my parents on a trip to Williamsburg that I wanted to go nowhere else for college. That was it. When I was a Senior in high school, I applied early decision and got into the college of my dreams by Christmas.
From the time I was 13 years old until today, I have had a clear goal and picture of where I was headed. I would visualize my goals, find out what I needed to do, and then I’d do it. I wanted to go to William & Mary. So, I found out what I needed to do and I did it. When I was at William & Mary, I decided that I wanted to be a psychologist. I found out what that meant (and it meant many years of graduate school) and I worked hard in college and got into graduate school. When I was in graduate school, I decided that I wanted to be a top-notch researcher and professor. I figured out what that meant I had to do and I did it. I pictured myself as a professor and I worked my way through graduate school and a post-doctorate program at Johns Hopkins and then I was a professor and researcher at one of the top research universities in the world.
Starting at 13 years old, I always had a goal. I visualized it. Researched the heck out of it. And did whatever it took to accomplish it. And at 35 years old, I found myself standing in front of 400 students teaching the most popular course at Johns Hopkins University.
I had accomplished all of my goals. But guess what? I hadn’t even begun to accomplish what God’s goals for my life were.
So today, I find myself in a small rural community in Southeastern Virginia, writing to you all on my laptop. I have no title, no office, and no real visualization of what the goal is that God has for me.
But, I know he has a goal. He just hasn’t shared it with me yet.
Girlfriends, I have to be honest today. Wendy & I are talking a lot in our devotions and blogs about radical obedience and stepping out in 2011 to do whatever God calls you to do. And, there is such excitement in being in close fellowship with Him and listening to his prodding and then going on a God-sized adventure to an unknown goal. I am on one of those adventures right now and because God is leading, I know it is going to be marvelous. But, I really don’t know what his plans entail. And sisters, quite frankly that makes me a little uneasy.
I believe that we will all live the most abundant, rich lives possible if we follow God’s lead, wherever that may take us. But, I also know from experience that following him involves moments of doubt, fear, and uncertainty because the manifestation of God’s plans is not always clear.
Let me encourage you today to embark on a God-sized adventure in your life in 2011. Maybe you won’t change your life radically, but you can change something to move in the direction that God wants you to move. And when you start moving towards that goal, don’t allow your doubts, your fears, or your uncertainties about where you’re headed impede your progress towards the life God has for you. I’m not saying that you won’t feel them because girlfriends, you’ll feel them. Just don’t let them slow you down.
If you’re like me and have always had very clear goals that led to predictable outcomes, then let me encourage you today to allow God to set your goals and then follow wherever he leads. The actual destination may not be clear from the outset, but I guarantee you, it will be more splendid than you could ever imagine. Hold on through the uncertainty and await something magnificent.