If you had told me four years ago that I would graduate with a degree, I would have laughed in disbelief.
Four years ago, I started a degree (Diagnostic Radiography) that at the end of my three years, give me a secure, well-paying job. However, God disrupted my plan with the introduction of anxiety and panic attacks that crippled me into withdrawing from my course. In other words, I quit.
The days and months that followed were spent in bed, consumed with anxiety and anger, mostly towards God for allowing this to happen. Yet, God continued to pursue me and courted me like a true gentleman.
He reminded me that because I am His, I don’t need a back-up plan and He is in complete control of my life. He knew that my true passion were not x-rays (although they were very cool) but it was writing and it had always been writing. But somewhere along the way, I had taken a wrong turn and decided that I would rather trust the security of my plans than God.
I don’t know what security blankets you have and what plans were disrupted but I do know this: God is on your side and God’s plans for us is always better than the plans we can make for ourselves.
Flash forward to last month, I graduated with a degree in Journalism and Media, having loved my university life where I found God in my course, in the friends I made and in the midst of anxiety attacks, I found my Prince of Peace singing over me.
If you are in the middle of a disrupted plan, thank God. Thank God that He took you out of something that was outside your calling. If 2017 has not gone the way you planned it, tell God that you are sad and you are mad. But in that same breath, tell Him that His ways are higher and you choose to trust Him because He is in control and He is good.
Linu George interns with St. George’s Church in Southall.