The most asked and dreaded question posed to any recent college graduate has got to be "soo... now that you've graduated.. what next?
If you would've asked me what I'd be doing and where I'd immediately graduating from the University of Georgia, I would have told you medical school. Not out of conceit or pride.. but what science major doesn't hope to go straight into graduate school?
It took me a while to grip the fact that I would not be going straight into medical school. The gap year phenomena was brand new to me but it seemed to be the norm in the population of those seeking graduate programs. Boy.. when I tell you Jeremiah 29:11 was my anchor verse, I mean it.
'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you a hope and future.'
Even as I found myself reciting this multiple times, I still couldn't grasp what the Lord was leading me towards and quite possibly away from. It was definitely a tough season in my life. I had avoided blogging the topic of school for SOOOOOOO LONGGGGGG because I didn't quite have the words yet. So there I was... a college graduate seeking employment while I figured out what my next move was.
Me Too, Moyo!
For anyone in a season where you need clarity, understanding, guidance, strength.. the list goes on, here are a handful of things (trust, there's more but these were on my heart!) that are VITAL for your progress and success.
1) DO NOT COMPARE YOURSELF TO OTHERS! Jeremiah 1: 4-5 says that YOU... yes you, were known by the Lord before He even formed you in your mothers womb; You were set apart! This literally means that your story and journey is your own. Unique to you and you alone. During this touchy time, I realized that everyone will have their own individual challenges and struggles. Learn to love your story and process.
2) BE PROACTIVE! I'll be honest.. This season required SO much faith from me and there were points in which I simply did not care to figure out my next step. I found it easier to sulk and be annoyed with how things were panning out. Hear me and hear me well – FAITH WITHOUT WORKS IS DEAD.... like.. SO DEAD lol ~ James 2:18-24. There had to come a point when I picked myself up and got it together. I asked myself, "What now?" and made moves to find those answers. To you reading this, GET UP! Get that computer and start searching what ever it is you're looking to do. Make moves. Quit sulking and start forming a game plan.
3) last but of course not least, GET IN YOUR WORD & TALK TO JESUS! At the end of the day, Jesus has better plans and answers for us than we could ever imagine. Get into the Word of God and see the promises that He has for you! They are there in abundance! One of my favorite hymns says, "Standing on the promises that cannot fail.. by the living Word of God I shall prevail." Need I say more?
Back to my story... I stumbled upon a position which has landed me in..... *cue drumroll* WILMINGTON, DELAWARE. I'm here and I'm loving it. I don't doubt for one second that this is where the Lord was gently guiding my hand to. The What, When, Where, How, and Why's of Delaware that some are probably wondering will be coming soon! This is lengthy enough lol.
for Part 2 of Goodbye Georgia, Hello... Delaware --- Stay Tuned --- 8.12.16