S o u t h K o r ea
“What are your plans after you graduate?” Oh, how I shuddered when people asked me that question.
’m not sure,” I always replied. Why did it seem that everyone else had their lives so meticulously mapped out while my map was nonexistent? That question about my future followed me around like a shadow. How could I succeed if I didn’t even know where I was going? Frustrated and hopeless, I turned to the only place I knew to be my shelter in the time of storm. I prayed, asking God to send me hope and an answer to this question. Shortly afterward, I found His answer during my worship time when I read Jeremiah 29:11, 12. It says, “ ‘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 you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.’ ”* As I sat there with my Bible, I felt God speak to me. “I know the plans I have for you, Hayley. You don’t have to know them right now, but you can trust Me because I do!”
How could I have forgotten to trust the God who brought me through the sudden loss of my father, who helped me adjust when we moved to another city, who blessed me with another wonderful father figure, who provided a way for me to go to a university debt-free, and who brought me to the moment when graduation was no longer just a dream? This was too perfectly orchestrated to be just luck, and I certainly had nothing to do with it. He had been with me all the time and I had forgotten to trust Him! I finally