“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)
I find it comforting to know that God has a plan for my life. There were times in the past when it seemed like my life was just happening to the left and right of me, and I had no control over it. People, places and things were just coming and going with no particular purpose, with me as the bystander watching on. Not a participant but just someone looking on.
It was in those tough moments in life that I would seek comfort in God’s word and through prayer. And the thought that God had a plan for me, a good plan filled with hope, helped bring calm to restless days. However, it wasn’t until I really started growing in my Christian journey that I came to realize that this verse is so much more than a blanket to wrap myself in when I need to be soothed. I had to realize that God’s word is more than a swaddling cloth to secure myself in when I don’t want to deal with the harsh realities of life. I mean, sure – it has been that and it can be that, but I don’t want to limit the power of God’s word. The fact remains though…I am not a baby.
At a point of maturity, I had to make up in my mind that the word of God is also a tool, a resource and a weapon against whatever negative circumstances were coming my way. More importantly, I had to be honest with myself and know that sometimes the biggest negative circumstance, was me, the woman in the mirror. Not another person, place or thing – simply me and the decisions that I was making. There was no need to spiritually analyze, meditate, and have a deep commune with lighted candles, soft music playing in the background. I had to simply be honest, to flip on all the lights and take a long look in the mirror. I had to have a moment with who I was seeing in front of me.
It is not easy to do this. Well, at least it wasn’t for me. I can say now though, years later, that the practice of being truthful and self-aware becomes easier with time. When you can easily and quickly recognize that you have certain flaws, harmful behaviors, or actions that need forgiveness from others – the path to living a life of happiness becomes smoother.
For instance, when people become ill with the flu and the doctor gives them a prescription, there are a couple things that have to take place.
- You have to get the prescription filled at the pharmacy.
- You should read the instructions carefully.
- You should take it as prescribed.
If these steps are followed correctly and in order, most of the times, people tend to get better.
Well, when the ails of life come your way:
- Go to Jesus (the doctor) in prayer.
- Read the word of God carefully and with an open heart.
- Take the word and apply it to your life accordingly.
The fact that Lord has good plans for you and for me should serve as an encouragement to do our part in taking better control over our lives. We don’t have to be on the sidelines just watching on. We can be the participant who is daily taking steps at being better, at growing stronger, at not letting past mistakes define our future filled with hope. We are no longer babies merely seeking comfort, we are children of the Most High God walking in the truth of His Holy Word.
– Mena –
Mena is a believer & a follower of Christ who wants to encourage others to live out a God sized life & destiny.