I remember this time about 5 years ago, I was ready to graduate from high school. And by this time last year, I had graduated college and had started my first full-time job. Both of these were significant times of change and transition in my life, and I wouldn’t change them for the world.
I had no idea what God had in store for me when I came to a small Bible College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. It was far away from my family, but I knew it was where God wanted me to be despite the many times I questioned that. However, through the changes and through God taking me to Lancaster Bible College, I gained more than I could have ever asked for or imagined.
I gained a deeper understanding of what it means to trust God in His sovereign plan. I gained a lot of practical knowledge that I will use for the rest of my life. I gained a family in Grace Church where I now work as a pastor. I gained a roommate who would become one of my best friends (best man at my upcoming wedding). And the most exciting part, I gained a wife! Lord willing, we will be married in August!
Graduation from college brought new challenges of its own. I had to learn how to pay all the bills myself. I had to learn how to budget on a full-time salary. I had change my address. I had to learn how to do the job that God has called me to (still learning). It has been overwhelming at times, and my faith has wavered.
And when I get married in just a couple of months, my life is about to change once again. Change can be hard, it can be messy, it can be scary, and it can be overwhelming.
In all of the changes that I have gone through, one thing has remained true. When my faith fails, when I waiver in my trust of God, when I fear what the future holds, when I don’t know how everything is going to work out, God has been faithful. He is there always providing for my needs and doing so in abundance.
When I am tempted to waiver in my faith I find great comfort and courage in this passage:
“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” ~James 1:2-4
I find joy in knowing that God uses the hardships I face to mold me and shape me into the image of Christ. And one thing I know for certain is that in all things, Jesus is enough!
So to those of you graduating I say congratulations. I encourage you to reflect on and rest in the fact that God has been faithful to you thus far. Know that your life is not going to get easier but also know that God is using the trials ahead to conform you into the image of Christ! This a truth that we can find great joy in, and it is a promise that we can rest in.
The reality is you won’t have all the answers. You won’t have everything figured out. Just remember Jesus is enough. Rest in Him and He will lead you and guide in the path that you should go!