After a very reassuring text message conversation with my friend, Julian, I felt called to enlighten you on this topic:
Julian had messaged me after he saw my Instagram post about touring the University of Central Florida. He told me, ” Hey, I’m in Orlando too. Maybe this is a sign that we’ll go to the same college!”
The conversation took a very sharp turn, and we both went on to admitting that we are utterly terrified for our future. We are both constantly reminded that this feeling of terror for our future is completely “normal.” But, if we’re told that this state of mind is “normal,” then why does it feel so “abnormal ?”
In a society where our future seems to be manifested by numbers, we often fail to recognize that our future is solely in the hands of the one who literally breathed life into us, God our Father. Our future is most definitely not controlled by a mere transcript or standardized test score.
It is a Wednesday night, I have just gotten back from two college tours: the University of Florida in Gainesville, and as aforementioned, the University of Central Florida in Orlando. “A 4.3 GPA isrequired as well as a 33 ACT score…” For a girl who is very talented academically, but average in standardized tests, I simply thought that these pairs of numbers were seemingly impossible to reach. “I am never getting into college,” I said to myself. Those six words finally did it. I broke down in tears after the UF tour because of an overwhelming amount of fear and anxiety for my future.
During this whole process, I had no idea what role God played in all of this chaos. “God probably has so many other people’s problems to deal with that are much bigger than mine,” I thought. But God met me exactly where I was. My very own mother sensed a strange negative aura within me. Without saying a word, she took hold of my hands and prayed for me. She asked God to grant me a sense of peace and for an increase of hope in my life. She prayed that I have faith in my future, and trust that God’s plan for me is nothing but good. God’s love really shone through my mom. I immediately felt His uplifting presence only seconds after we were done praying.
Brothers and sisters, when we say to ourselves, “I can’t” it becomes a reality. Our minds feed off of this negativity, and anxiety overcrowds our lives. However, when we reverse our mindset to a positive one and say, “Yes, I can,” our minds become permanently altered.
Let us keep our heads held high because that’s where we will find our Father, guiding us toward a bold and prosperous future; different for each of us, but equally and exquisitely amazing. Another important factor to remember is that friends are placed in our lives to lift us up, not to bring us down. God blessed me with such empowering friends, like Julian, who constantly fills me with his love and positivity. When we keep our eyes fixed on God and His marvelous plan for us, we will be filled with His overflowing goodness. Ultimately, this “Yes, I can!” attitude is what makes us unstoppable by the grace of God.
As Emily Wilson would say, “Amen, Hallelujah!”
“Do not have anxiety about the future. Leave everything in God’s hands for He will take care of you.”
~ St. John the Baptist de La Salle
Blessings, Lola ✞☻☼♪