When You Wonder What Comes Next

They were the first verses I memorized as a brand new believer. My tender heart was wrapped up in pursuit of Jesus and the words felt sweetly simple and nearly effortless.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.”
Proverbs 3:5-6

You can almost see that straight path, can’t you? Us, wholly trusted to God, skipping on down that road, taking life on surrendered to His way.

Twenty plus years into my commitment to Christ and I read those verses with entirely different perspective. Looking back over the curves in my path and my crutch of self-understanding, I realize just how fickle this heart of mine is.

Even with the heart cast aside, my brain can skew understanding and scatter it in a whole bunch of funky directions that seem anything but straight.

Everything in me trusting entirely in Him is so much easier said than done.

Seeking and waiting are anything but simple. While we have no idea what comes next, God knows. If we WILL seek, we WILL find. Read more @ www.simplyforone.net http://wp.me/p2v8DX-Lc

I’ve been deep in seeking God for what comes next. So when He wrote “seek” over my heart as my word for 2017, I can’t say I was exactly surprised. I also can’t say I was excited since “seek” feels like it could easily hold hands with other four-letter words like long, hard, wait.

The questions I’m asking are not new and the answers feel about as simple as unwavering trust overlooking a 30-foot drop. If I’m really honest, I have no idea what God is doing, or asking, or pointing toward.

If that feels murky and untidy, that’s because it is. And if I didn’t know God the way I do, saying “I haven’t the foggiest” might feel like I’m doing something wrong, like my faith is too small or my questions too big.

But I’m not wrong, because while I don’t have the answers, I still believe that:

God’s word is absolute.

God’s character is loving, gracious, and just.

God’s plans are good.

I may not know, but God does.

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For all of our unanswered questions, God has given His word and promises that say, “Hold tight. Keep seeking. Just wait. This is not in vain.”

“If you seek it like silver and search for it as hidden treasures, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.” Proverbs 2:4-6

“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”
Jeremiah 29:13

“Every word of God proves true;
He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him.” Proverbs 30:5

There is no might or maybe to God’s word. If we WILL seek, we WILL find, because He IS God and His EVERY word IS true. He wouldn’t tell us that unless we need the reminder time and again.

I don’t know what God is doing, but I know who He is. Seeking and waiting are not simple, but finding Him is worthy consolation. The longer I seek, the greater my gratitude for where He has me now, my expectancy for what He will do in the future, and my desire to know Him more every single day.

I don’t know what God is doing, but I know that He is God.

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If you are in a season of seeking, can we link arms and believe together that whatever God is writing over us, He is doing with great authority, full understanding, and unwavering love?

Can we declare that what He wants for us is what we want too because His plans are good and His timing is ideal? Can we agree that while this season may not be easy and this path may feel anything but straight, we will trust God more than we trust ourselves?

Can we lift our voices and say, “When my heart whispered, ‘Seek God,’ my whole being replied, ‘I’m seeking Him!'” (Psalm 27:8 MSG)

Father, I don’t know what this year holds, but I know You hold it. Every day has been written by Your sovereign hand from before the beginning. Your plans are good, and I want what You want for me, Lord, so I rest in your timing. I will seek after You with my whole heart and believe in the fullness of Your word. I won’t chase after what isn’t for me, but rather pursue wisdom, watch for opportunity, and wait for open doors trusting that You will give me courage to walk through them. Your grace is sufficient to cover my weakness, so Lord, make me brave. Bring me what You have for me and I will do it—even if I don’t get it all right, even if I do it afraid. In Jesus’ name, amen. 


For real conversation throughout the week, join me on Instagram or Facebook. I’d love to see you there!

You can also find these words linked up at my favorite spots: Jennifer Dukes Lee (#tellhisstory)Holley Gerth (#coffeeforyourheart)Kristin Hill Taylor (#threewordwednesday)3dlessons4life (#thoughtprovokingthursday), Grace at Home, Heart Encouragement Thursday, and Arabah Joy’s Grace & Truth. 

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58 thoughts on “When You Wonder What Comes Next

  1. I feel very encouraged. Praise God for leading me to your blog because this is exactly where I am. Seeking & waiting.

    “I don’t know what God is doing, but I know who He is. Seeking and waiting are not simple, but finding Him is worthy consolation.” Your words are simply ordained for my heart! I love how He works.

    Warmest Blessings,
    Kaytie

  2. Yes, indeed! You’re right on the money here, Tiffany. May He give us grace to believe in His grace!

    Thanks so much for joining the Grace at Home party at Imparting Grace. I’m featuring you this week!

  3. “I don’t know what God is doing, but I know who He is.” That is priceless. Thanks for the authentic, transparent conversation I always get when I come here. And I love your word “seek.” :) I don’t know what God has for me this year, but I can join you in seeking Him first!

  4. Love this… How often we want to know the details of what’s ahead and Jesus simply says “trust Me.” And that’s what the essence of faith is, isn’t it? Trust Him when we cannot see anything else!

  5. Hello sweet friend,
    Your beautiful, honest, encouraging words have blessed me once again. The Lord is gently bringing me to a place of finally “beginning” to understand what surrender is. I thought I was surrendering in the past, yet I see now how I have held tightly to the dreams I had for my future. I certainly don’t know what the future looks like, but I’m finding a lot more peace in surrendering than I had in striving. Thank you for sharing your heart and being a voice of truth!
    Blessings to you!

    1. It’s a blessing to know you found encouragement here, Leigh. There can be a lot of tension and struggle while we wait for what comes next, but if we wait well, it also makes us more dependent on God and helps us persevere in faith. There is definitely more peace when we can believe that whatever is coming, comes through His hands – and if it doesn’t, we probably don’t want it! Love you friend, and always overjoyed when you join the conversation. xoxo

  6. This spoke to my heart deeply. I am seeking too and this was a beautiful reminder and encouragement to trust in a God who never lets us down. Thank you for this, much needed inspiration Tiffany! I’m so glad I found you over at the Coffee For Your Heart link up. <3

  7. Yes, yes, yes. My husband and I started a new small group (last night, actually!) and it’s so exciting … and so full of unknowns. I was thinking about how years ago those unknowns would scare me, but right now I feel like God is leading the way on an adventure. I just can’t see very far in front of me. But I’m so grateful he’s leading and I’m learning that following him is the best decision I can make, with or without details. :) I’ve also been in seasons where I could see what God was doing, how he was orchestrating situations. Those times are blessings too, and such powerful reminders that he truly does have the whole world in his hands. Thanks for this post, friend, and for linking up at #ThreeWordWednesday.

    1. There is such purpose in every season, isn’t there. Those times that God makes all things known really just boost our faith and are such markers of God’s faithfulness. And the times we can’t see anything just make us dig down deep and trust that God is still working and moving. This life of faith is an adventure indeed! God keeps us on our toes all the way. Thanks for joining the conversation today, Kristen. Big hugs!

  8. I am smiling as I read your post Tiffany. My word for 2017 was unexpected, but I can relate to what you are saying here. The foundation of your word is built on trusting our Savior. This is only my second year of seeking a word, but God continues to show Himself faithful so I will trust Him. The scriptures in Proverbs 3 will always be close to my heart. I would read them at a young at because it was quick bible reading, but now I understand their meaning. May we acknowledge God in everything. Always a pleasure to read your thoughts. I hope you have a spectacular week and many blessings to you and yours in the New Year!

    1. Ohh…unexpected! God is definitely keeping you on the edge of your seat, Horace. I take comfort in knowing that no matter what is coming, God has gone before us. And while some of those things can be unexpected indeed, I know your faith and dependence on God will equip you to navigate them. Blessing to you and so glad you stopped by today!

  9. Beautiful promise that Jeremiah verse is. What a precious invitation to ‘seek’ and draw deeper. I’m thankful He shows up, when we bow down and seek Him with all our heart. He’s got great things planned for you!! Xo

  10. I agree 100% Tiffany. I had no idea what God’s plans were for me this year, but I am finding myself with new challenges and as crazy and surprising as they are, I know I can trust the Lord. Visiting from my in box and #coffeeforyourheart

  11. So, so right. If we WILL seek, we WILL find b/c He is God. Love that, Tiffany. Sure is comforting to know that God knows when we do not!

  12. Yes, Tiffany! I want to link arms with you and believe together with you that “whatever God is writing over us, He is doing with great authority, full understanding, and unwavering love.” This is so hope-filled. Thank you for the reminder that God always knows and cares. Love and hugs!

  13. Perfect words for my easily-swayed heart. When I stop asking questions and stop doubting and just TRUST who He is, my heart finds the peace it longs for. Thanks for pointing me in the right direction, friend. Perfect timing for where I’m at this week. Hugs.

  14. My arms are linked, Tiffany. Joining you in this. Seek does seem to hold on to other scary four letter words. But we know the One we’re seeking, like you said. Last year the Lord impressed on me focusing less on everything I didn’t know to focus more on Who I do know. This post so reiterates that! Thank you :) Just prayed for you, friend!

    1. I love that, Bethany – focusing on the one we do know. It’s amazing what happens when we fix our eyes on that truth. So grateful we can link arms in the journey, friend. Blessings.

  15. Hi Tiffany,
    So many questions and so many voices can fill my head that I wonder what’s truth, what’s right and then I just have to go back to the words of God in scripture and tune out the others. This takes discipline — that I’m sometimes lacking — but it’s the only way to clear the fog. Maybe the turn of a new year makes the feelings of being stuck or stagnant or waiting even more intense, but God is faithful to bring the answers in his time, no matter how long it takes. xoxo

    1. I agree – the new year can put a lot of pressure on us to figure it all out. I’m grateful that with God, every day is an opportunity for a brand new start. Here’s to seeking and finding and tuning out the rest. Grateful for you, Valerie. xo

  16. Girl – I feel ya! I’ve been wondering (wandering, too?!) about what is the next step for a few years now. Seeking always comes first – He continually reminds me of this so I’m convinced, you my dear are on the right track ♥ but It’s so hard to put down our version of the map and just be led. Just finished reading Ps 36:9– “You are the fountain of life, the light by which we see.” Here’s to being prepped for the journey through seeking. He will shed his light at the right time. Blessings on you Tiffany!

  17. You brought tears to my eyes today because I could relate so deeply. I am in this struggle that I’ve created instead of seeking God. Your reminder today is like an exhale, and I’ve been so tired of holding my breath.
    Visiting from #threewordwednesday

    1. Oh, Becky – I’m so glad you could breathe deep here today. The journey can be an uphill battle for sure, but I’m reminded that God is our constant shield, our ever present refuge – we only need redirect our course ever so slightly and He IS there. Praying that you seek and find today. Sending you a big hug and a soft tissue. xoxo

  18. These thoughts are always pertinent, and even more so at the beginning of the year when a blank calendar is stretched out in front of us. “I may not know, but God does.” That’s where I find peace, too! Thanks for this encouragement, Tiffany.

  19. Tiffany, great post! There were times I wished God would just show me road signs–stop, go, yield etc. But you are so right without the curves, we wouldn’t experience life the way we do. In all honesty, there is something holy about those curves in the road. Blessed to be your neighbor at Coffee for your Heart this morning.

    1. The curves certainly make us lean into Him – if only I did that more rather than leaning on myself! Learning and seeking and growing, it simply never stops when we have such a gracious and big God. So glad you visited today, neighbor.

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