Us backpackers, we're never quite satisfied are we? We want to travel so we travel. But we are tired of traveling. We want a place to rest. When we have a place to rest we can't hardly sit still because we are so excited about our next adventure. During the adventure we're anxious about finding our next job. There's always something to worry about, I presume. But the fun of backpacking is not knowing. At least for me it is. I enjoy the thrill of carrying around my blank planner. What used to be filled with weeks worth of events and activities is now full with opportunity.
Since being on Kangaroo Island for last two months I have had plenty of down time to think and pray and write. In those times I have learned how important it is to take every step day by day. Jesus reminds us of this in Matthew chapter 6: “Do not worry about tomorrow; it will worry about itself.”
My friends back home want to know when I'll be back in the states. My travel partner wants to know what our next job will be. My mind wants to know how long, exactly I will be traveling. But the beautiful truth is that I do not know. None of us know what the next hour will bring. Only God knows our plans. “Man can plan his course but the Lord determines his footsteps.”
We have to remember that the key to life is adapting to whatever it throws at us. You can't plan it all out. You don't have to know your next move. All you can do is bend and change according to the flow around you. For us millenials I think we struggle with this particularly after college. From birth until college graduation day we have everything planned out for us. We know we're going to school until we finish. But when we finish some of us have a really hard time figuring out what to do next. The freedom is overwhelming and the options are endless. It's a good but scary feeling.
When I think about my future I experience that same fear and frustration all over again. I don't know what I'm doing next month. I don't know where I'll go after this. I don't know when I will be home and I don't know what my next job is. But that's why I'm here. I'm here because I wanted to practice living in the moment. I'm here because the monotony of everyday life was wearing me out. I have sat and waited patiently for life to happen to me but it hasn't so I made my own way.
Jane Austen has a quote that puts this perfectly: “If adventure will not befall a young lady in her own village, she must seek them abroad.” I can think of many young people I know who have similar expectations. We thought we had it all figured out and then our brilliant plan fell through. So what do you do when you don't know what to do? You travel. Go. Live. Be. The promise of God's protection and provision is enough to lead you to your next destination. Life is short, they say, so why waste it?