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Tentative plans with open hands

By Krystin Jurries 

krystin jurriesYoung adulthood has proven to be an interesting journey so far. This season of unpredictable discovery and adventure has taken me to beautiful places I never would have dared to imagine on my own.

The call of God has taken me from my home of Fort Worth, Texas to East Texas Baptist University to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Religion where I learned more of my identity in Christ and how to be a Christian servant leader. The call of God has brought me to Ethiopia, Israel and Greece to share the Gospel, nurturing my heart for the nations. The call of God has now brought me to Abilene, Texas and Logsdon Seminary to pursue my Master’s Degree to learn how to minister to families with counseling.

I reflect on my life in recent years and cannot help but smile as I see God’s providence in the simplest and most pivotal moments. I cannot keep from laughing as I think back to all the plans I have made for my life.

I made a list of everything I wanted to accomplish in the next ten years when I was in the eighth grade. Truthfully, I have accomplished very few of the things I once dreamed about. I have not written a book or gotten married or run a marathon. Even so, I can say with certainty that I have been blessed beyond measure. I have been called to serve the Lord through a lifestyle of ministry. Therefore, wherever I may go and whatever I may do, I have an opportunity to live out God’s calling on my life by loving God and others. This is a way of living which cannot be scripted by any mortal pen.

I am admittedly a person who likes structure and to have everything planned. I prefer to be prepared for whatever is to come in my life. All of my planning ironically tends to fall through, only to be replaced by better, more challenging, and more fulfilling plans of God.

I have learned there are times in life when you may take a step back and realize you are precisely where you are supposed to be, doing what you are supposed to be doing. Without doubt, right now is one of those times. I am a seminary student. I am being refined and better equipped to accomplish the task God has laid before me. So I will continue to make plans, but only tentatively, and I will continue to dream of all the possibilities this beautiful life provides to the glory of God.

The only thing required is for me to fall to my knees, turn my palms upward in surrender, and trust in the Spirit’s leading in every adventure until I breathe my last.

“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.”-Corrie Ten Boom

Krystin Jurries is a CBF Leadership Scholar currently serves as a Chaplain in Residence at Hardin-Simmons University and is a Graduate Assistant at Logsdon Seminary. She is studying for two Master’s Degrees in Clinical Counseling and Family Ministries from Logsdon Seminary. She is from Fort Worth, Texas. 

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