Because every. single. day. I’m seeing the verse Jeremiah 29:11. I mean it. In the most bizarre places – there it will be. It’s actually been my favorite verse since college, and has been woven in and out of my life over the years. But during this period of waiting on the Lord, He has brought this verse back to me EVERY DAY in some way. It has been a lifeline and anchor to cling to when we can’t see what God is doing in and around our lives at this moment. I just love it. And I’m so glad God keeps this truth before me!
[Because I had a little (shall we call it a “meltdown”?) Crisis of belief yesterday.Just a moment of temporary insanity over the unsettledness of our lives. After a few tears, a pouring out of myself, and a filling up with God’s Word on the subject – and some well timed and sweetly delivered chocolate, I’m back to being content in knowing that The Lord has our lives completly planned to His full glory! Jeremiah 29:11 proves it!]
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
How about this translation?:
“This is God’s Word on the subject: … I’ll show up and take care of you as I promised and bring you back home. I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.” Jeremiah 29:10-11 (Msg)
Can I get an amen on that!?! How wonderful that the Lord continues to speak His Living, Active, Penetrating, and True Word to His people. Each time I see this verse these days, especially when I’ve just been looking at our calendar and wondering where we will be when…I feel like the Lord is whispering into my spirit a personal reminder to hang in there with Him… and it works. I will. I praise you, Lord!
One of the sweetest places I’ve seen this verse lately is on a *new blog* that our daughter started last week. She is too young to have a Facebook page (13 is the age limit), and wanted a way to stay connected with her old and new friends, so she asked if she could start her own blog. We agreed and set some pretty strict guidelines for her. 🙂
Her blog is based on Jeremiah 29:11. It’s called Abi’s World – Living in God’s world, knowing He has great plans for my life. The blogspot address is http://www.godhasplansforme.blogspot.com/. She’ll be writing from her 11-12 year old heart, and would love an encouraging visit from some of my blog friends. 😉
Is God telling you something over and over these days? (He has plans for all of us – for our futures and our hopes!) Let me know and it will be my privilege to pray for you about it.
Have a wonderful week, my friends~