Half way through my first semester of college, I found myself struggling greatly. I wasn’t handling being away from my family or my boyfriend well, and I was also FAILING half of my freshmen classes. My ability to manage my depression alone was crippling me. Knowing I needed help, I began asking God for answers.
God answered quickly! He wanted me to go back home in addition to switching my major from the medical field to that of education. Though God’s plan for me gave me immense peace, it also stressed me out enormously. I fought God’s plan for weeks! I didn’t want anyone to think I failed or that I couldn’t hack my medical classes! I didn’t want anyone to think “I needed my parents” to survive, that I was a baby. I certainly didn’t want to be an educator!
I had a pride issue… simply stated.
God had patience with me though. Day after day, he showed me that I wasn’t a failure, that I did, in fact, need my parents, and that I was already an educator. He showed me that I had been teaching and leading since I was three years old. In every situation, in every location, I taught others. I had a passion for teaching. Better yet, I had a calling for it. In realizing this truth, I agreed to go home, enroll in the local college, and change my major.
In finishing the semester and going home, I faced a new struggle— a disapproving father. He thought I was making the biggest mistake of my life; he thought that I would have security and prestige with being a doctor. Without God having prepared me, my dad’s arguments would have driven me back down the road I had so recently decided to get off of. I would have continued with the medical field, continued down a road of depression, and most likely would have lost my boyfriend.
Knowing what little I did, I knew I was doing what God had told me to do (Micah 6:8), God had plans for me (Jeremiah 29:11), his plans were perfect (Psalm 18:30), and that he would direct my paths (Proverbs 3:5-6).
Years later, I discovered that the path God had chose for me was, in fact, far better than any I could have imagined.
How have you experienced God’s plan in your life?