Teen Talk: God is in control

Doubt about the future can drive you crazy until you realize who’s in control.

Amelia Asmus

A person’s entire school career prepares them for the life ahead of them. From preschool to senior year of high school is typically about the amount of time someone has to choose what field of work they want to enter. A lot of people decide what they want to be by the time that they enter high school. I am not one of those people.

When I was little, I wanted to be a veterinarian, but when I entered my freshman year, I realized that I had no clue what I wanted to do with my life anymore. I began to get scared. The majority of my classmates had already chosen what jobs they wanted and were even starting to plan what colleges they should look into. My head was starting to spin, and I seemed frozen in time while the rest of the world flew by me.

Then one night, after spending a lot of time thinking about my dilemma, I turned to God’s Word for guidance. I found Jeremiah 29:11: “ ‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’ ” Then I sort of had an epiphany: It was completely okay that I was uncertain. God is in control. I need to let him do the planning, because his plans have no flaws.

That one little Bible passage brought me so much comfort. I do not know my future—even what is going to happen tomorrow—but that doesn’t matter. God has a plan designed specifically for me, and I pray that God gives me the faith to trust his path and to follow him without a doubt. God once told Abraham to pack up his family and everything he owned and go to a place that God would show him. Abraham trusted God wholeheartedly and gladly followed God’s command to leave.

Imagine the amount of blessing that God has in store for us if we put our trust in him. From the beginning of time, God had a plan to save us from sin by sending his one and only Son to die on a tree. The entire Bible is centered around that promise of a Savior. God had a plan to save the entire human race from eternal damnation, so why wouldn’t someone put their trust in God when it comes to their future job?

I had my whole life planned out for me about a year and a half ago. But now I have absolutely no idea what I want to do. I strongly believe that God faced me with this

indecision to wake me up and show me that I am not in control—he is. I realize that it’s a terrifying thought if I’m in control. God’s control, on the other hand, is steadfast and strong. Being unsure about the future is okay. What really matters is trust in God, because he always leads you onto the right path.

So now, as I listen to all my classmate talk about becoming teachers, doctors, and football stars, I know that it is completely okay not to know what job I want right now. God has a plan for me, and I know that he is going to do what is best, because he loves me.

Amelia Asmus, a junior at Lakeside Lutheran High School, Lake Mills, Wisconsin, is a member at Trinity, Watertown, Wisconsin.

 

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Author: Amelia Asmus
Volume 101, Number 10
Issue: October 2014

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