I had no idea what I wanted to do when I finished school. To me, the rest of my life looked like an intimidating blank canvas, and I was the one who had to work out how to paint it. Six months before I graduated though, God got my attention. Being raised in a Seventh-day Adventist home, I had always believed in God and desired Him. It probably was not until this moment that I truly began developing my personal relationship with Him. Looking back, I can see how God used uncomfortable circumstances to reveal my need of Him. I began to seek God, asking Him to show me His plans for my life. I took comfort in the truth that God promises: “Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, this is the way, walk in it, Whenever you turn to the right hand or whenever you turn to the left” (Isaiah 30:21, NKJV).
While I thought I was going to become a dietitian, God had other ideas. He led me to attend ARISE, a discipleship program, which has been one of the best experiences of my life. It revolutionized my picture of God and also His purpose for my life – that we exist to point others to Him. This led me on a journey that has been completely different to anything I ever imagined. I felt called to serve as a Bible worker for the remainder of that gap year in a small coastal town. One gap year led to another where I had the opportunity to serve in a Seventh-day Adventist school, sharing Jesus there.
As the year ended, I had to make a decision. Would I pursue dietetics? Would I take the significant scholarship that was offered to me at this crucial time, or was God calling me to something else? Again, I turned to God, seeking His will because the decision was too much for me. While God calls some people to be dietitians, it became increasingly clear that He was not calling me to this. Instead, God put a calling on my heart to continue serving as a school chaplain, even providing a sponsorship to study ministry. Life with God is never boring, and although I never would have chosen this path myself, I can see now that He knew best all along.
God really is the Master Artist, and His plans are more fulfilling and much greater than we could ever imagine (Ephesians 3:20). What would it look like for you to invite Him to paint the masterpiece of your life, your career, and your decisions today, whether big or small?