For me, Saturday mornings are that slow, easy kind of morning that almost makes the grind of a 5-day workweek not seem quite as grueling. On Saturday mornings, you can usually find me reading my latest read in bed before eventually venturing out to watch the Saturday morning line of cooking shows on The Food Network.
I’m not a coffee connoisseur by any stretch of the means, but since my family has invested in a Keurig and I even more recently added a french press to my name, I’ve definitely been drinking more of it. While I don’t get much of a buzz from the caffeine (probably not a good thing), there’s just something about the smell of coffee that makes you just want to slow down and just be. It’s my hope that this weekend blog series will be as though we are two friends just chatting over coffee. So, go grab yourself a cup and let’s chat.
As I sit here with you on this Saturday morning, my mind is in overdrive as I am preparing to head to Austin, Texas in just about 3 days. I’ve never been to Austin and have only visited the airports in Dallas and Houston for various layovers so I am very excited to be able to explore what seems to be a very interesting new city. But, I am also going to Austin for business purposes as well. I’m going to shadow a contact of mine that owns a successful PR agency for a day since I am currently working towards my masters in mass communication.
It’s incredibly nerve-wracking to think about because this particular agency is so successful and the potential for professional contacts and what that could mean down the line is all just equally exciting and overwhelming. I have prayed for the opportunity to pursue a career in this field for awhile now it seems, and although I am not traveling to Austin with the expectation of any job prospects, I can’t help but feel like I am taking a step in the right direction. And that scares me. Any adult thing scares me at this point though, truly. When do you grow out of that? When you reach your thirties perhaps?
One passage that has continued to resonate with me lately has come from James 4. It reads;
“Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” // James 4: 13-15 NIV
If you’re a planner like I am, then you probably will understand this almost neurotic need to plan everything. For this Austin trip, I legit have a Google Doc that I have been working on for a couple months now detailing everything I want to do and see. When it comes to the future, I am always looking ahead and like to have a tentative “plan” in place. I plan to teach for two-three more years and at that time I will be finishing up my master’s degree and will be able to make a career transition at that time. That transition might take me out of North Carolina, or it might not. I even have a short list of cities that I wouldn’t mind living in.
While I’m sure I’m not the only person who plans like that, it’s really not what God is calling us to do. The passage above is essentially saying, why bother making plans at all? Your life is fleeting so instead, you should be living according to God’s will, rather than your own plans. When we’re living according to God’s plans for us, how could we not be successful and happy? Jeremiah 29:11 says it best, after all.
It’s easier said then done, I know, to totally and completely trust Him to guide us in all aspects of our lives. Our society has evolved into a bunch of control freaks, truth be told. But when you really stop to think about it, it’s laughable to even consider our plans being better than those of the Lord. Since October of last year, God has continually led me through some of the toughest months of my professional life thus far and, in the process, led me to an amazing church and small group. If I’m going to let anyone determine the direction of my life, then who better to entrust it to then the one who loves me unconditionally and never ceases to bless me in ways I’ve never imagined?