What’s Next

If you’re like me, there are times in your life where you’re waiting for what’s next.

Maybe it’s Monday and you’re asking yourself, “Is it not Thursday or Friday yet?

Or maybe it’s something more than that…

You’re in high school… And you’re ready to graduate so you can move on to college, and start a new life there.

You’re in college… And you’re ready to graduate and start the job you’ve been dreaming about ever since you were a kid.

You’re a young adult… And you’re waiting for that special someone to come into your life. Then you can get married and live in the perfect house with the perfect family you will have together.

Or you’re married and and a family… And you’re waiting for what’s next.

And what’s next, and what’s next.

We live in a society that is so caught up in what’s next. Whether you’re being bombarded at family gatherings about upcoming plans in your life, people at work asking you when you’re getting that promotion, or your friends asking when you’re getting a ring on your finger, it seems impossible at times to be content with what we’re doing right now.

But what if I told you that while you’re waiting for what’s next, you’re missing out on what God has for you in this very moment?

A sobering thought, isn’t it?

The fact of the matter is, there is a time for everything, even when we want some things to happen sooner than they may actually be happening.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-14 says this,

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:

  a time to be born and a time to die,
    a time to plant and a time to uproot,
  a time to kill and a time to heal,
    a time to tear down and a time to build,
  a time to weep and a time to laugh,
    a time to mourn and a time to dance,
  a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
    a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
  a time to search and a time to give up,
    a time to keep and a time to throw away,
  a time to tear and a time to mend,
    a time to be silent and a time to speak,
  a time to love and a time to hate,
    a time for war and a time for peace.

What do workers gain from their toil?  I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God. I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that people will fear him.”

Ask yourself today, “What time am I in right now, and what time am I desiring to be in instead?”

Maybe you’re in a season of planting… And you feel like you’ve been planting, watering, and tending and all you want is to uproot.

Maybe you’re in a season of throwing away… You need to get that thing out of your life like, yesterday, but you just want to keep.

I do think we may all be in a season of searching, though. That’s what all this “what’s next” talk is about, right?

This is what I want you to rest in this today…

I want you to rest in that God has you today. He has you here today.

You don’t have to try so hard to get to tomorrow. Rest in today, rest in what He is doing in your life right this very minute!..

Then surrender all the expectations, standards, and plans that others may have for you (and that you may have for yourself!) to see what God has for you now.

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