When things don’t go the way you planned

Originally appeared online in the teen series: Your Healings - November 27, 2018

I’ve always relied on my own plans and timetables to guide my life. But during my junior year of college, I felt like all my plans were falling apart. 

I was applying for many positions during my fall semester, and was convinced that I was going to be a Resident Assistant in a dorm and also get elected to my school’s student senate and my house (dorm) board. My spring semester was all planned out, and I was excited! So when none of those things happened, I was devastated. I wasn’t even on the waiting list to be an RA! 

Growing up attending the Christian Science Sunday School, I learned to handle disappointments by praying for God’s direction, though I often struggled to fully trust God. But this time, I didn’t even try to pray, because I felt so lost. I was also caught up in trying to find other leadership positions. I knew that just wanting a leadership position for the sake of having one wasn’t the right motive, but I wanted one nonetheless.

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