As college students, we are always looking ahead, asking ourselves, “Where will I be in five years? What job will I have? Will I have a family of my own?” One of the biggest takeaways I have received this semester through IMPACT is God is in control. He knows our future. He knows if we will get that job we wanted or get into the school we wanted, because He is the one who gave us these opportunities.
I was born and raised in a small town in Iowa where I was given the opportunity to play basketball here at IUPUI. Not only was I going to be attending a much bigger school than I was used to, but also living in a much bigger city. One of my biggest worries about moving seven hours away from my family and friends was not knowing what to expect or what would be next for me. So, when we first began reading the book of Daniel, I knew this was a sign from God. Similar to Daniel, I have traveled to a new land, a place away from home and everything I have ever known.
I have always been a big planner and not knowing what to expect can make me feel nervous and anxious. So, when I was constantly reminded this semester through reading the book of Daniel, I learned to accept the fact that God knows what He is doing, and I should put my trust and faith in Him and His plan for me.
God has shown me several times just this semester alone that He has a plan for me by placing people in front of me when I need them most. I recently began volunteer work at the hospital and was afforded the opportunity to work with some very influential individuals that have helped me realize that I am very interested in working in the medical arena. These people show up at random times in my life, and I know it is God’s way.
Not only did I attend the Nights of Worship this semester, but I was also part of a Life Group. My Life Group helped me and my relationship with the Lord grow. They gave me support when I was going through a tough time and were constantly reminding me: God is all-knowing. With this, I have found peace in understanding that my future is in His hands. He has a path carved out for me and it is my opportunity to follow Him and live the life He has set out for me.
There were two verses that genuinely captivated me this semester and kept me still in God:
“When my heart is overwhelmed lead me to the rock that is higher than I” - Proverbs 26:1
“The Lord is greater than the giants you face” - 1 John 4:4
Agatha Beier, Impact at IUPUI Student