Autumn is officially upon us – the season of new beginnings! Whether you’re starting university, going on to do GCSEs or A-Levels, or beginning your first job fresh out of uni, this time of year represents vast change for many.
Change is cool and I encourage you to embrace it with a big fat hug. However, sometimes it can be super nerve-wracking stepping into the unknown.
It’s kinda like going into your very own surprise party and you have no clue as to what’s going to happen, but you’re hoping for it to be something good. That’s where I come in! I’ve come up with three simple things to remember when entering into new seasons in your life.
It’s ok to be afraid
Entering into something new is often pretty daunting and it’s ok to have some apprehension. However, it’s important that you don’t let those feelings overwhelm or cripple you. Whenever I feel scared about going into new situations or periods of my life, I remind myself that God is immensely bigger than it all. He’s fully aware of the seasons you’ll find yourself in before you even get there, and he’s leading you all the way. I love the verses in Proverbs 3:5-6 which says:
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
Try not to plan everything out beforehand
This can be really difficult if you’re the sort of person who likes to be in full control of things (like I do!). Sometimes, when I’m entering into something new, I try to play out how things will go in my mind in order to give me some security.
However, the Bible clearly says that no matter how much we try to plan out our lives, things are unlikely to happen in the way that we imagine them to (see Proverbs 16:9). I vouch for this completely. My experiences in new seasons never turn out the way I think they will and that’s normally a good thing!
When it comes to welcoming change, its’s very much a case of trusting that God has our best interests at heart and ultimately letting things pan out in accordance with his will.
New seasons are fantastically brilliant. They provide fresh friendships, many challenges and help us to grow and develop as individuals. Use these times to get out of your comfort zone and try new things and be sure to cherish these experiences.