Nope. I’m not talking about me knowing the plan for you. Sure, I know my lesson plans for you, but I was thinking of a more extensive plan for you—as in your life. As in God’s plan for you. We’re nearing the end of this school year, which for some of you is the end of your high school career. Where do you think God is leading you after high school?
When I was in high school, my plan was to go into engineering, specifically environmental engineering, even more specifically, marine environmental engineering. I was a Rachel Carson/Silent Spring, environment-hugging, Earth Day-embracing Christian destined to save the world from nuclear power plants and overbuilding in marine communities, among other tasks. I had taken marine biology and the advanced versions of those courses offered in my Sarasota High School, and I loved every minute of it. I had purposed to go to college and so had taken my higher maths and Englishes, and the whole nine yards, and I had checked “Environmental Engineering” as my career goal on every standardized test or survey I took. I don’t doubt that God had his hand on me, even then, despite the fact that between high school and college, He completely changed my college path—directing me into communications instead. From my degree in journalism—always with an eye to write a book that would change the world (still my goal)—God gave me the desire to work on staff with Campus Crusade for Christ, helping to reach the world for Christ. Instead, I had a bizarre path of marrying, being widowed, then marrying and becoming a parent in the same day. And then God led me into teaching. My life is nothing I would have envisioned, yet I have no doubt that God planned from the very beginning this place in my family’s life—and in your life. And God has also planned for you to have a role in my life.
I thought it might be fun today to share your thoughts as to what God’s plan for your life is—at least as you envision it today. And, maybe, sometime in the future, you could check back to this blog and compare those thoughts with the reality you’re living. Remember, just because your eventual path is different than what you first envision, that doesn’t mean God doesn’t have a hand in it all. I mean, if I hadn’t been pursuing engineering, would I have developed my math skills to the extent that I could easily walk into a mathematics teaching position, essentially untrained? That was my door into teaching. From there, I was able to go into teaching English, because of my training in journalism.
None of us really know what tomorrow holds, let alone the next forty years of our lives. But God says in His Word (Jeremiah 29:11; New International Version):
11 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.
I can’t wait to hear about your plans—and I’d love to hear from you later in life to hear what God has done in and through you!
P.S. Practice your literary terms using quizlet.com. Joey created a shorter list from the mammoth list I had created, so you might want to check that out. You also have an AP multiple-choice passage and vocabulary work to do!