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As you finish up your final exams, perhaps returning home looms on the horizon. It excites and frightens you at the same time. Or perhaps you’ve finished your degree and have spent some time in the working world through your OPT year in the U.S. You feel torn between remaining in the U.S. and returning home.

Quite likely, your focus is on NOW – finishing your studies or work projects, buying your tickets home, packing up and moving out, saying goodbyes. Other questions filling your mind might include:

  •       How can I keep up my English once I’m back home?
  •       How will I pay for things if I can’t find a job?
  •       How will I pay back any school loans I have?
  •       Where will I live?
  •       If I live with my parents, will they treat me as a child or an adult?
  •      Can I follow my ideals and earn a good salary?
  •      What about my boyfriend/girlfriend?
  •      What if I don’t have a boyfriend/girlfriend?
  •      Will I remain single forever?
  •      Will my parents put pressure on me to marry…have a baby…etc.?
  •      What about my health?

 

How do you handle those uncertainties? Do you worry or become fearful? Or do you turn to the God who knows and can guide you along the path before you? Could those uncertainties have a purpose and help you learn to live with greater trust in God?

Jesus spoke of this worry when he told his followers they could not add time to their lives by worrying. He looked at the natural world – the birds, the flowers – to provide a picture of how God the Father so lovingly cares for them. He asked, “Aren’t we more important to Him than these?” (Matthew 6:26-28) Perhaps you too can see his attention to detail in the natural world.

Whether or not you have chosen to follow Jesus Christ, you must admit – he made a good point. Life has gone on for centuries. Each one of us plays a very small part in a much larger picture. Life will go on regardless of our immediate circumstances. We can learn to trust and experience peace even when things don’t work out the way we planned.

Those who place their faith and trust in Christ have so many of His promises to encourage them. Some of the best-known ones include:

 “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6, 8 and Joshua 1:5)

 

“For I know the plans I have for you, plans for good and not harm, plans to give you a hope and a future….” (Jeremiah 29:11)

 

“And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:20)

 

“God works all things for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28)

 

If you are not a follower of Jesus Christ, you should know one very important thing. God, the Creator of the universe – and you – loves you very much, regardless of whether you choose to trust him or not. He cares about you no matter what. He desires a relationship with you, just as you desire to be in relationship with other human beings. Perhaps just speaking to him, in the midst of your uncertainties, will help—it certainly won’t hurt. Then, watch to see what happens.

 

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