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March 18, 2021 by Naatan Hollman (Tallinn, Estonia)
Naatan and his fiancée, Raili

I was writing my meditation having just graduated high school. I decided to take a year off to look for God’s will in my life. I did not know what to do or where to continue my studies, but I had peace in my heart and was not worried about the future.  

Now, two years later, I can say that God has led me through those years. That time has been full of challenges and sickness, but also victories and joyous moments. I went through our compulsory military service, and I was part of God’s army as well. God has guided me to a subject that I would like to study in the university. And I have found a beautiful girl who loves God more than me. That is a very great blessing. We are engaged since 12 February 2021. Above all, I have been encouraged by conviction that God is with me in every situation I might face in my life. Even if I have no plans of my own and I am confused, I can trust in God who guides me toward my goal. 

The Bible tells us: “Neither the pillar of cloud by day nor the pillar of fire by night left its place in front of the people” (Exodus 13:22, NIV). 

God will never forsake us. God is on our side in worries, hardships, tribulations and mourning. The whole world is suffering because of the pandemic, and we cannot control it. We don’t have even a good plan to fight against it. But we can walk day by day with God, knowing that everything works good for us. Making too many plans to achieve our own goals may become an obstacle in following God’s plan.  

God can use even this present hardship to strengthen us. God’s plan is good, and he will carry it through. We belong to God with all our gifts and talents.  

Know that God is by your side in today’s difficulties. God walks always with you and has the best plan for your life. Be blessed and encouraged!

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