Jeremiah 29:11 NIV “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.”
God has a plan for your life. Have you heard the song, “God has a Plan for my Life?” It’s a song from Psalty who was a character from a kids Billy Graham crusade from, I want to say the 80s but the copyright on the song says the 90s. I still know this song. In fact when I wrote the sentence God has a plan for my life I began singing it in my head. I think we might have had a cassette tape with this song on it.
But no matter the impact of Psalty, the song is true, God has a plan for my life and for your life too. The second verse of this song is actually pretty brilliant, “It won’t all be easy, but God will understand. Through all the hard times he’ll be there to hold my hand. He knows just how special I’ll turn out to be, ’cause God has a plan for little ol’ me.”
This is so true for life. No matter how hard the journey is God has plans to give you hope and future. Sometimes the journey is downright awful. Right? I have friends who have been to way too many funerals in 2018 and there are still 5 months to go. But when I mentioned this they simply said, “knowing a lot of grief means you knew a lot of love.” I was absolutely speechless, because it’s true. Even though they lost a fair number of people and grieved their loss they also knew a lot of love.
They probably aren’t singing Psalty since they are younger than me, but they believe that God has a plan for their life and the pain of grief, although present is not the end goal. The end goal is hope and a future.
Does the journey ever stop you from seeing the hope and future ahead? Do you ever get stuck in your circumstances, believing there is no hope? God is your hope. You cannot see the future but guess what, God can. His plans are not for harm but for good, for hope and a future.
Do not be discouraged no matter where you are, because God loves you, he will see you through. He will hold your hand through the hard times and see you through because he knows just how special you will turn out to be.
I pray that if you are in the journey and cannot see the hope and future that you would know that God is there, waiting to take your hand and see you through because he knows that there is something special waiting for you.
(Photo by Tammy Waggoner)