Was your graduation a joy or frustration? Maybe a little of both?
As a young teenager, I always looked forward to graduating … like most youth, I believe! It’s not that I did not like school; I just thought that I would have so much more time to work on other things once I was finished … and I did 🙂
As a stay-at-home daughter who does not feel the need for a college degree, I found it challenging to know how to fill my time and spend it wisely. I knew I wanted to serve my family and help them around the house and farm … but what was I supposed to do with the extra time, in addition to that?
Less than 24 hours after I finished school, I was stir-crazy. I did not know what to do! I like to be busy and to be useful! I am not a seamstress (I can sew but I do not enjoy it) and yet I pulled out an old project because I was so restless. I had to find something to do!
I started asking some friends about how they felt after finishing school and I realized that I was not alone! There is such an excitement in finishing school … but then what is next?
The year before finishing school, I had started praying about what I could do, in addition to helping my family. Several different ideas had come to mind and I had prayed and talked to my parents about them … but none of them came to fruition! I spent countless hours in prayer. I knew He had special plans for me but I did not know what they were! So I waited and I prayed … and I trusted. What else could I do? He had not opened any doors yet so I tried to bloom where He had planted me!
A couple weeks passed and I still did not know what to do but life and our business had gotten pretty busy, so there was not much free time, which was a blessing! But then, life slowed down and I began to wonder once again how to spend my time wisely!
Then one day several weeks ago, my mother asked me to help with the communications for our family business! Hannah normally handled them but she had so much on her plate and was getting pretty overwhelmed! As soon as my mother mentioned this, I knew it was the answer to my prayers! Communications was not something I would have picked to do! But I was excited because I knew it was what He wanted me to do and when you accept His plan for your life, your heart will be filled with peace and you will be happy!
The Father was not finished answering my prayers though! For those of you who do not know me, I am not really a “farm girl”. My siblings used to tease me that I was a “city girl”! We were recently at a friend’s house and they had baby kids that had to be bottle fed. The mom of the family asked me if I had gotten to do it yet and I told her I hadn’t, and in my head I thought, “That is not really my thing!” We breed dogs, and I can handle that but when it comes to chickens, goats, cows, horses, etc … they are not my “thing”! I’m working on it though … I love cows! And yesterday I brought our 3 horses in from the pasture … to my younger brother’s surprise 🙂
But back to what I was saying …
Have you ever heard that the Father has a funny sense of humor? Two days later, most of my family was laying around extremely sick with the flu! We got a call from a neighbor from our old house and she asked if we wanted to bottle feed 2 kids. Their mama had accidentally broke her neck and died. Normally my younger siblings would have jumped at the chance to bottle-feed kids but I knew they couldn’t … so that left ME!!! I took on the responsibility and I just laughed! Taking care of kids is not something that I would have picked to do either … but HE ALWAYS KNOW BEST!!!
“There are many plans in a man’s heart, nevertheless YHWH’s counsel – that will stand.” – Proverbs 19:21
So I share all of this because I want to encourage you ladies out there … if you are in school, enjoy your time … trust me, it is useful and it is a blessing! Don’t try to rush through because being finished with school also brings on more responsibilities and challenges! His timing is always perfect.
“Hear instruction and be wise, and do not disdain it.” – Proverbs 8:33
“He who heeds the word wisely will find good, and whoever trust in YHWH, happy is he.” – Proverbs 16:20
To the young ladies who many be in the same situation in which I was, do not get discouraged. Know that you are not alone! Trust in YHWH and He will bring His perfect plan to past. Do not be idle though … see how you can serve your parents and siblings more! And most of all PRAY! He is a good Father and He will lead you and guide you. He might not answer right away – He may want you to be patient. Or it may be the answer is not what you wanted or expected it to be. Trust Him! He knows us and He knows His future plans for us.
“For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them. How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; when I awake, I am still with You.” – Psalm 139:13-18
Those verses from Psalm 139 are some of my favorite verses! He knows all of our days before we were even formed! You cannot take a can of cocoa powder and expect to have a chocolate cake … no, you have to add other ingredients and mix them together. You have to prepare your batter and then bake it. Then you will have a beautiful and yummy chocolate cake!
Our lives are very much like the chocolate cake! If we can gather all our “ingredients” and prepare them correctly, then the result will be a beautiful and fruitful life! I believe that almost everything we learn now is for our future life … and I believe that if we can learn these lessons (whatever they are) well now, it will be much easier than trying to learn them later!
And, just as a reminder, learning is not just book work! Learning goes far beyond that! Learning is defined in our dictionaries as, “The acquisition of knowledge or skills through experience, study, or by being taught.” Learning is putting things into practice. Titus 2 talks about how the older women are supposed to train up the younger ladies (verses 4 & 5). Learn from your mother and other Godly women. They have so much wisdom and can help us as we prepare for the future!
So I encourage you …
“Commit your way to YHWH, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.” – Psalm 37:5
“The eyes of YHWH are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their cry.” – Psalm 34:15
“Trust in YHWH will all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” – Proverbs 3:5-6
Recently, my sister Abigail shared a post on this blog and I just wanted to quote a few of her words here … they are so true and such a good reminder!
“We were put here on earth to bring glory to the Father and do His will and, as purchased daughters of the King of Kings, our lives are really not our own to dispense with. We weren’t put here to chase our own dreams, plans, desires and agendas.”
“For I know the thoughts that I think towards you, says YHWH, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.” – Jeremiah 29:11-13