To the Girl Who's Wondering What's Next
What is it about the unknown that makes us uncomfortable?
Maybe it’s the anticipation of what the future has in store. Perhaps you have your goals laid out, your hopes written out, your vision drawn out. But right now, you’re waiting for the breakthrough. Life feels like it’s on pause, and you’re longing for a time that feels too far away.
Maybe it’s the fear of things falling apart. Perhaps you’ve received some news that’s left you discouraged. You’re in a season where you’ve invested your all, and you have nothing left to give. You’ve been working hard, but you have yet to see any results - and you’re afraid of things getting worse.
Either way, if you’re at a place where you’re desperate for change, the wait can feel like a drawn-out season filled with endless challenges and tests. And it can get tiring... fast.
But what if God has something in store for you even before you get to the other side?
Lamentations 3:22-23 declares that God remains faithful and that His mercies are new every morning. When we shift our perspective from what’s next to what’s now, we can truly discover the gifts God has for us every single day.
Here are three ways to make the most of your present--even if you don’t know what’s next:
1. Enjoy right now... right now.
Worry is the quickest way to lose hope. There’s a time to rest and process hurts, and there’s a time to plan for what’s up ahead. It’s important to give yourself grace and heal from a difficult season or prepare for the next one.
If you find yourself stuck in the past or feeling pressured by the future, remember that God doesn’t want you to carry these burdens. In Isaiah 43:18-19a, the Lord instructs us, “‘Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?’”
Matthew 6:33-34 states, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
God can do the impossible, and you can trust Him to lift the burden of the past and direct you in the future. So, take time to enjoy your season, and find the beauty in it. Go deeper in your relationship with Christ, find new ways to serve, spend time with loved ones, learn a new skill, explore new places. Even if your circumstances haven’t changed, do yourself a favor, and choose joy today.
2. Seek godly sources of wisdom.
Proverbs 11:14 says it best: “Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.” God created community for a reason; without wise counsel in our lives, we can make some not-so-wise choices.
Are there people in your life you look up to? Someone who has a proven track record of faithfulness, has more life experience than you, and/or is doing something you hope to do in the future? Consider seeking out a parent/family member, a church member, a mentor, a friend--the possibilities are endless.
Seeking wisdom from others doesn’t mean you’re incapable of making decisions by yourself. Rather, it’s inviting other perspectives to consider when making plans. We can’t see everything clearly by ourselves. So, if your next step involves some decision-making, start asking God for wisdom on who to seek out for helpful advice.
Inviting wise counsel in my life has opened my eyes to see options I wouldn’t have considered or known about, and it’s clarified things God has put on my heart. Be wise in who you go to, and line up what you hear with God’s Word and God’s voice. He is the ultimate authority in your life, so what others say should confirm what He says, not contradict it.
3. Do the last thing God told you to do.
Continue on in what God has called you to do. Galatians 6:9 encourages us, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” In my life, I’ve often found that the next step wasn’t revealed until I obeyed the first step. Today’s obedience may be the key to tomorrow’s miracle.
Is there something God has told you to do? Maybe it’s to get that project going, to stay at that job, to go back to church, to forgive that person, to spend more time with Him, to tackle that sin issue. Whatever God has convicted you about, I encourage you to take it seriously. Luke 11:28: “He replied, ‘Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.’”
We can get so distracted with concerns about tomorrow that we ignore our current tasks. It’s time to simplify your life, and remain faithful in today. If you’re a student right now, be the best student you can be. If you’re a daughter, be the best daughter you can be. If you’re a sister, be the best sister you can be. If you’re a friend, be the best friend you can be. If you’re an employee, be the best employee you can be. The list goes on. And guess what? Being faithful in the role you have now will prepare you for the role you’ll have next.
2 Chronicles 15:7: “‘But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.’”
God is with you in the unknown, and He has given you purpose for every second of your life. Don’t miss out on what He’s called you to just because this season isn’t ideal. So, get excited: God has a lot in store. You don’t have to wait until tomorrow to live fully today.
Meet the Author
Liz Richardson // @the_lizmargaret
Hey, I'm Liz! I'm a writer and blogger based in North Carolina. In 2017, I graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in English, concentrating in Cinema and Media Studies, minor in Creative Writing, and a certificate in French. Aside from writing, I love baking sweet (and healthy) treats, having deep conversations over tea, and making memories with family and friends. I'm also passionate about sharing Jesus with others. This inspired me to start my blog, lizmargaret.com, to create a space of encouragement for women to find confidence and assurance in their relationship with Christ.