This article was written by Aubrey Grasz. Aubrey is currently in Israel with Passages’ Alumni Advance, an opportunity for Passages alumni to partake in a six-week study abroad program to learn language, culture, history, and current events at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, along with touring and exploring the beautiful land of Israel. Read Aubrey’s reflection after her first few weeks in Israel below!

Aubrey Grasz outside the Dome of the Rock. Photo by Kayla Stults.

 

Have you ever found yourself becoming anxious about what your future holds? Living as fallen and imperfect people, it can be difficult to whole-heartedly trust in God’s plan and timing for our lives. We often want to create our own agenda, and we fret and worry when things do not go as planned. The reality is: God’s plan and timing are perfect. 

Scripture repeatedly teaches that God directs our steps and appoints a plan and purpose for our lives. The truth of this should bring comfort and peace to God’s children as we are reminded just how caring, invested, and loving God is as the author of our lives. Even when we cannot see what lies ahead, we can have faith and assurance in Christ. Philippians 4:6-7 says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”

As I write these words, I am currently living and studying in Jerusalem for the summer as a participant in Passages’ inaugural Alumni Advance program. As Passages students like myself returned to the Holy Land this month, many of us found renewed trust in God’s timing. When challenges of fluctuating travel restrictions mounted and changed plans and timing, it provided an excellent opportunity to remember why scripture teaches us to surrender control of our lives to Christ. Nearly every student within our Alumni Advance program has their own unique story of how God moved mountains and provided a way for them to return to Israel despite any setbacks or challenges they faced. While returning to Israel may have been postponed longer than some had originally planned due to the global pandemic, God ultimately brought his children safely to the Holy Land in His perfect timing. 

While I live and study in Israel with Passages this summer, I am grateful for the many opportunities I have to reflect on the Biblical stories that took place all around me. Just as disciples and followers of Jesus throughout scripture had to ultimately learn to trust in Jesus’ plan and timing, I am continually seeking to grow in having unwavering trust and peace in God’s plan for my life. I find great encouragement in Isaiah 26:3 which says, “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.” 

 

Are you interested in participating in Passages’ Alumni Advance? Read more about the opportunity and learn how to apply here!

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