This is question I have been asking myself throughout the summer and this is the question I have heard people asking. What about school, college, work etc.
I think the trick is to ask that question as much as you can without worrying about it. Thinking through things is important. I am currently asking myself how I might be able to go into school next month. You might be asking yourself what school or college might be like, what about my grades, what about university or other decisions I have to make.
Sometimes these questions feel like they weigh us down, make our lives hard and heavy. This doesn't have to be the case all the time. Not knowing the answers is part of life, and certainly part of any faith. Doubting yourself, the people around you or the structure you live your life within is all part of life. How you deal with this is the important thing!
What now? changes from being a question of desperation into a question filled with opportunities and possibilities. Nothing of what has happened since March has been in anyone’s plan, however some amazing things have happened as a result. This will be the same in September. For me, my job is going to be interesting to say the least. How to do the work I do currently is going to be tough, however I think the work will be more open, honest with opportunities to watch people grow. For you the uncertainty might lead to new friends, more in depth relationships with the people around, different ways of working or opportunities that you have never thought about. Don't be afraid of that question, ask it yourself, take time, and think about What now?
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What now? The words the disciples must have said after the cross. What now? the words joseph must have said when sold into slavery. What now? The words when Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt. What now? when Paul ended up in prison. What Now?
That question is one that must have been said more times in the unwritten parts of the bible than any other. The stories never wrap up neatly because life doesn't. We live in a constantly changing world one I believe God created in some way shape or form.
If we aren't asking that question of What now? we are still in a world that is moving around us and moving beyond us. So What now for the church? What now for your individual spirituality and faith?
This question leads to other difficult ones, for the disciples I'm sure the question of 'was the last 2/3 years of my life a waste?' came into mind. For Joseph 'Am I going to be a slave forever?'. For Moses 'So now we walk around the dessert?'. For Paul 'How do I get out of here?'.
None of these questions are easy, neither are ones that you might ask yourself. Questions like 'Well if this is true, is God real?' 'Well if this is true what does that mean for the way I live?' 'Well I can't do that anymore what do I do now?'
The thing that is shown in each story in the bible when it comes to a What now moment is that there is a next bit. That the question does get answered, God usually does answer it. It might take 40 years, you might change the question but you do move on. That is what we are designed to do. Adapt.
Prayer is usually part of this process, thinking is part of this process, and listening to the people around you that you know and trust, is usually part of this process. So that is my encouragement. Coming up to a new phase (September for me), Pray, Think, Listen and don't be afraid to ask What Now? It will help, and the question will be answered.