“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
I stumble upon this verse every so often, as I did again this morning. Despite knowing it well, I am reminded of its truth and power when it sporadically appears in front of me.
I struggle with my faith sometimes. Why do bad things happen to good people? Why are some people born into poverty and others not? Why do prayers go unanswered? I try to make sense of it all and I can’t.
But I wholeheartedly know God is real and He cares. I believe John 3:16, “that God so loved the world that he gave his only son that we shall not perish but have everlasting life.” And as Paul said in Romans 8:38, “ I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow.”
There are times in my life I have seen Him redirect my path. He has changed the course of my story – sometimes through unfavorable circumstances for a greater outcome. The more I read my Bible and get to know the God I believe in, the more I am changed on the inside as well.
I’ve always been a “work in progress”. I get on myself for that sometimes. I question everything and I want to know the “whys” and “hows”. When I can’t make sense of it right away I get frustrated. I put it to the wayside… But I am always drawn back to finding out the truth. To understanding this peace that I’ve experienced. To understanding the purpose of life and the possibility that there is more than what meets the eye. So I continue to seek and I am once again reminded of how real He is. Whether it’s in a tingle down my spine I experience in church, a word spoken to me at the right time, or a “sign” put in front of my face – it just becomes so strong and so genuine.
Acquiring a deeper understanding of His love and the concept of everlasting peace and life through Jesus Christ pushes me forward in my journey. Despite what my situations looks like, what predicament I put myself in or what curveball life has thrown my way, I can turn to my eternal refuge (Deuteronomy 33:27).
“So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.” Deuteronomy 31:6
Having faith that God is with us and has a plan for us helps us cope with life. When it doesn’t make sense, I am convinced there is still a plan. My faith is built on this and I keep a sound mind knowing I am loved, I am cherished and there is hope for my future.
There is always a plan and while it seems so hard to believe at times, He is there and He cares for you.