December 5, 2016

Change of Plans

By: Noel Wolfe [Fairland, IA]

Senior year is finally here and is whittling down to the last few months.

My days have been filled with college visits, applications, and discussions about where I will spend the next four years. I have always envisioned being independent, walking around on a campus that I could call my second home. However, my plans don’t always work out the way I hoped they would.

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This hope does not disappoint us, for God has poured out his love into our hearts by means of the Holy Spirit, who is God’s gift to us.
Romans 5:5 (GNT)


I recently learned that, for financial reasons, I might need to attend a campus nearby and to live at home. I was crushed. Everything I had always dreamed of came crashing to the ground. But through the tears, I heard a familiar voice in my head, saying, Your will be done.

I always say “Your will be done” before ending every prayer. I have come to accept that God’s will is at work in my life, even if things do not always go as I expect. I have hope for my future, whether I’m living at home or miles away, because God walks with me.


THINK ABOUT IT: God doesn’t always give us what we want, but God provides us with what we need. What helps you to trust that God is with you and to hope for the future God wants for you?


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Reflect

How can you hope if you do not have faith? God will meet you wherever you are. Set aside time to pray. Talk to God. Read your Bible. Ask your friends what enables them to hope. Listen.

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