(by Michelle Yutzy)

Graduating can be a scary event. Graduating without having any concrete future plans, is what I considered to be an absolute nightmare. Suddenly people are asking what I'm going to do with my life without the realization that I'm just as clueless as they are. I wasn't the kid who knew they were going to spend a bagillion years in school, pursuing a PHD of some kind. I also wasn't the kid who was willing to just go with the flow and pray they didn't end up living in their parents basement as a 30 year old, cat lady. 

I became incredibly anxious and fearful of my uncertain future. I even became insecure in my walk with Christ. I believed the lie that if I was truly walking in God's will he would make my direction clear. What I didn't realize is that fear of the future begins to cease when our faith in Christ isn't dependent on it. 

When we live our lives so in pursuit of Christ we only want His absolute best. Faith isn't trusting because we know what the future holds, its trusting in spite of what we may think or even know of the future. This isn't some new age idea or theology, it's simply what has brought peace for me in the past year. 

"Cast your anxiety on Him because He cares for you." 1 Peter 5:7

"And we know that all things God works for the good of those who love Him, and have been called according to His purpose." Romans 8:28

I still don't know what my future plans are, but whether I go to college or end up serving a mission in a foreign country, I have faith that He will direct my path. So as you converse with all the graduates of 2018, maybe don't ask them what their future plans are. Instead, encourage them to rely fully on whatever God has for them. 

P.S. Happy national hospital week! To all of you who work in healthcare, you are the real MVP's! Love ya!

- Michelle