“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” Isaiah 41:10 (NIV).
Just when we thought feeling lost and not quite fitting in left us after high school, here it comes creeping back into our lives in our mid-twenties. Some call it the quarter-life crisis, some call it the soul-searching years, but whatever it’s called…it totally sucks.
If you’ve asked yourself what your purpose is and wondered if anyone is even hearing your cries, rest-assured that God understands what you’re going through and does have a purpose for you – you might even be living it out right now!
“Listen to my prayer, Oh God, do not ignore my plea; hear me and answer me. My thoughts trouble me and I am distraught because of what my enemy is saying, because of the threats of the wicked…” Psalm 55:1-3 (NIV).
There are times in our lives where we don’t hear His voice and wonder if He’s left us in the dark to figure things out on our own. That’s when we start to worry and panic, which leads us to making rash decisions and taking ourselves further from His purpose for our lives.
We can spend a nice chunk of our lives going in the opposite direction and circling around our destination many times if we’re trying to figure everything out on our own. But, God simply reminds us to listen to Him by saying, “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it” Isaiah 30:21 (NIV).
He is our compass, our North Star and our guide; therefore, we can let go of feeling lost and abandoned and step into faith knowing that He is there walking next to us every step of the way.
A lot of the times, a big reason why we feel so lost is because we’re consumed with what the world sees as success. We dwell in the fact that our Facebook friends have their lives together just because it says it in their bio or they show pictures of all the good stuff going on in their lives. Then, we put on a self-pity party and beat ourselves up over not being as accomplished as our friends. Womp womp womp.
Let’s remind ourselves that our strength doesn’t come from ourselves or our eagerness to do better than our friends, but by the One who knows us better than we know ourselves. Whenever we feel lost and confused, we don’t need to look too far to find God since He dwells inside of us. He is our strength in those times of confusion and loneliness.
“I can do all things through him who gives me strength” Philippians 4:13 (NIV).
That verse is so powerful because it encourages us all to “just keep swimming, just keep swimming…” and to find ourselves in Jesus, not in what our friends are doing or what is considered cool and popular. Worldly things will fade away, such as the latest fashion trends – and hey, it’s totally OK to like dressing in those latest trends, but just know it’s not going to be the thing that makes you truly happy. But, sometimes we consume ourselves with wanting to have this, that and the other or making the excuse of why we can’t do something by saying we don’t have the right tools to live out our dreams or get out of a situation. Those are just hindering us from living our best life through Christ!
So, wherever you are today, stop making the excuse and just live out your dream, get out of that horrible relationship, or go back to school. You have people cheering for you, but most importantly you have God on your side!
Another thing we always like to remind ourselves is that God never wastes a hurt. So, maybe you are going through a rough season and having a difficult time seeing God’s vision in all of this. Well, my friend, we’re here to remind you that although we may only see the small picture, God sees the big picture and the big picture is where He wants all of us to follow Him to.
“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost” Luke 19:10 (NIV).
The hurt, the sorrow, the feelings of hopelessness…yep, those are all things that Jesus felt, for He was also human and came down to help the broken and the lost find their way back home to our Heavenly Father.
You will get through this feeling of loss and self-doubt because you have a God who loves you and will move mountains and open doors that no man can close. Take a step in faith and spend time reflecting on God’s wonderment and dreams that He has for you! You’ll be surprised where He leads you or who He puts in your path! Don’t live in fear of not doing anything worthwhile, but live in the promise that God has given to each of us; that we are redeemed and more than enough!
Questions over coffee:
1. Where do you think God is leading you? Do you feel like you’re already in your calling?
2. What are you going to do today to stop making excuses as to why you can’t accomplish something? Tell somebody about it so they can help cheer you on throughout the process!
3. Where’s an area of your life that you need God’s guidance and help on?