When You're Tired of Not Knowing What the Future Holds

When You're Tired of Not Knowing What the Future Holds | Lemon and the Sea: You want to know what the future holds for you. You work hard, put in the time, but can never be certain of the outcome. The bad news? I can't tell you what's going to happen. The good news? There is someone who knows. God has a plan for your life and He is working everything for your good.
But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations.
— Psalm 33:11

The unknown can be scary, but it doesn't have to be.

So often in life, we find that we're standing on the edge of the future, looking in to the unknown. I've been there and I'm sure you've felt that way at times.

I talk about setting values and goals in the Job You Want free email course. Living according to your values and intentions certainly helps give you a glimpse into the future. You know where you want to go and how you plan to get there. Unfortunately, no one can guarantee that your plans will come to fruition because there is so much out of your control.

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.
— Jeremiah 29:11

Everyone wants to be able to look into the future and know what is coming. It's human to long for the security of sureness in your plans and goals. After all, this is why we make plans: to see them come to fruition. Plans are comforting. You can plan for a vacation, a child, a job loss. Good or bad, if you know what's ahead, you can get ready, prepare physically and emotionally, and ride out any storm.

That's why it's so scary to be unsure of what the future holds. No matter how detailed the plans you make, the unexpected is still coming to happen. There's a funny saying that I see pop up every once in a while: "I've got 99 problems and 86 of them are completely made up scenarios in my head that I'm stressing about for absolutely no logical reason." I know I laugh when I see this because I often fall into the trap of worrying about things that are absolutely out of my control or totally unlikely to happen.

It's because we fear the future. You think that if you prepare for any possible scenario, you'' be ready, but I've found time and again that it's the one thing you never thought of that is the most likely to happen.

I can't tell you that you'll ever know what the future holds, but you can be secure in knowing that there is a plan. 

My days have passed, my plans are shattered. Yet the desires of my heart turn night into day; in the face of the darkness light is near.
— Job 17:11-12

God has a plan for your future. He promises that His plans are to help us move forward and grow closer to Him, but He never promises that we're going to know His plans. The best we can do is to get to know God and learn to depend on Him.

You may already have a firm foundation of faith or you may be just starting out on your journey. Either way, there are ways to grow closer to God and learn to depend on Him.

  • Prayer
  • Reading the Bible
  • Interacting with other Christians
  • Attending a church and small group
  • Remembering God's faithfulness

When you learn who God is, you learn to depend on Him. He is ever faithful and His plans are eternal. Even when you're plans are out of reach and you haven't reached your goals, His plans still stand.

There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.
— Proverbs 23:18

When you accept that you can't control the future, you can start making the choice to live intentionally every day. Looking to do this in your job? Get my awesome FREE email course full of information and worksheets that will help you get started on the journey to a job you love.