In my studies last night, my mind took me to the prophet Jeremiah who was known as the “weeping” prophet. He is usually known for the Old Testament Book of his namesake, but he also wrote the Books of Kings and the Book of Lamentations. As a major prophet he proclaimed the Word of God to people needing to hear it. And, even though his writings give great detail to his personal life, he is most remembered for one scripture. In Jeremiah 29:11 he reminds us about God’s constant presence and direction in our lives; “For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.”
As I reflected on these Words, I was overtaken by the feeling that just when you think you have life figured out or things seem to be going smooth, reality hits you in the face. Things you hoped for do not happen; things you did not want to happen, do; and, you are on a journey in which the only constant is change. Those who do not have a strong faith in God often have trouble adjusting to these changes. Seek your strength, direction, and affirmation from the One who rules over all things! By the way, the older I get the more I realize that His plans for my life, not the expectations of others, are what matters. May I live this out in faith.