Well here we are: May.
Not only is it Justin Timberlake’s favorite month…
…but it is also the beginning of wedding season, Mental Health Awareness Month, Cinco de Mayo, engagement season, and graduation season.
And rightfully so. I mean, when you finish college, you wanna throw a dang party. Because for the last 4 (or 6…) years, you’ve been busting your butt to get your degree. So toss that hat, graduate! You deserve it!
But here’s the thing about graduations: yes, they are tremendous celebrations of hard work and academic achievement — or perhaps academic survival — but they are also times of questioning “what next.” And given the current job climate that young graduates are entering into, that can be a pretty scary thought.
A source of uncertainty, anxiety, worry, and discouragement. Post-graduation is a time in life where everything is converging into the perfect storm: You’re graduating, trying to pay off student loan debt, looking for a job, looking for a spouse, moving away from where you’ve called home for the last four years, and trying to establish independence — it’s enough to make your head spin.
Because now that I have a degree, I have to have it all figured out, right?
And I don’t think this feeling is limited to graduates. We all have seasons in life where uncertainty reigns.
Jobs, health, love, bills, friends, what Netflix show to binge watch — those are all life long sources of anxiety.
Although, there is one consolation prize for graduating that other life stages simply don’t have the luxury of, though…And that’s gifts.
And this might be a little cheesy, so forgive me, but I’m ‘goin there’…
And that’s peace.
And it’s given to us by the Father.
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you…Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.” John 14
Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.
I think I need to plaster this to my forehead as a moment-to-moment reminder. Or go all Justin Bieber and get a face tat…
Be it about love, jobs, life, dreams, Beyonce’s life decisions…I’m a processor.
And I can process myself into a tailspin if I’m not careful.
But what a comfort to know that I was given peace.
By the Lord.
That is a gift that means something.
I recently discovered that I have, like, 75 dollars worth of online gift cards that have just been lying dormant in my Amazon account. I know. That is horrible. I have let a generous gift go to waste for two freaking years.
I have to remedy that whole gift card situation and use the dang things! I’ve gotta claim my money!
And it’s the same with His peace.
We have to claim it.
We have to choose to receive it. To look our fears and anxieties and worries straight in the face and claim the peace that comes from the Lord. That comes from trusting in His divine plan and purpose and timing and will.
That’s the Good News. That’s the hope.
Be not troubled or afraid.