I just wrote this letter to two girls from my church who are graduating from High School in a few days. Though it speaks personally and directly to their circumstances, I believe we can all use these words from time to time. It seemed especially fitting tonight since we just experienced a 3.2 earthquake about an hour ago. Let us remember that our God is unshakable!
Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe,
What an exciting time in your life! You are positioned in a very unique place. Never again will you have the array of choices and opportunities before you that you have right now. You have completed your childhood and you have already stepped out onto the path of becoming a young woman. Now, that path, which has previously seemed very narrow, had widened before you. Life is suddenly full of options - and change.
Change can be hard, but it can also be good. In the very near future, you may go to college, or you may seek out a job. Your friends will be moving away and you might even be moving yourself. The activities you participate in, the responsibilities you hold, the decisions you make, all of these things are going to change. You could fear these changes and let them hold you back, but they will come anyway. The better choice would be to embrace the changes and to move forward with confidence.
When things are changing in your life, they can often make your life feel shaky, like the earthquake we experienced a few years ago. But you can know, because God is sovereign, that though you may feel shaken to your very foundation, you will be okay!
Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked, for The Lord will be at your side and will keep your foot from being snared.
God also says in Matthew 7 that building your life on His truth is like building your house on a rock. In those verses He reminds you that storms will come and earthquakes will shake the house. Change is inevitable, and your journey will not always be easy, but with God in your heart, He will keep you safe.
After you graduate in the next few days, life is bound to change. Your friends will change, your goals will change, where you live may change, someday, even your name may change, but you need to know that God will never change!
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
You have grown up hearing this next verse, and you may even hear it many times today, but I want you to hear it now while we are contemplating the changes that are to come. You can be confident in the future because you can trust God with your life in the midst of all the change.
For I know the plans I have for you, says The Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.
I am excited for the things God has in store for you. I will pray and rejoice in all the changes coming in your life.