Welcome back to Wednesday! Ya know, I never noticed how fast a week can be until we started this little journey. It seems that Wednesday comes around more often than I thought it did. But that’s okay, because God is speaking to us, right? Now, go pick out your favorite Jeremiah verse, drop a comment about it below or blog about it and leave a link, and then get ready for Lamentations next week…
Jeremiah 29:11—For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a future and a hope.
I know, I know. This is the most well-known and perhaps overused verse in all of Jeremiah. But you know what? We have a tendency to think something is worn out or somehow loses its meaning through repetition. And that’s wrong.
I discovered this verse twelve years ago, the very first time I ever read the entire Bible. It was—to my recollection—the first verse that ever personally spoke to me. At the time, I was still in the grip of a panic disorder that had first manifested eight years earlier. (Little did I know God would heal me in two more years!) When this verse first jumped out at me, I had no idea it was so popular. All I knew was it spoke to the me who battled fear and depression, who laid awake nights and cried and begged God to make her “normal.” For the first time, I really grasped that God had plans far beyond the bubble of my life I could see at the moment. Let me tell you… I gripped this verse and held it like a person drowning in quicksand holds a vine. And when one of my best friends endured a long hospitalization during a trip to England and faced down two heart surgeries in her very early twenties… She joined me in holding on to those words. That was another lesson… God gives you what you need right when you need it.
Life is uncertain for us a whole lot of times. It’s so amazing to know that God has a plan. He knows what’s coming next. And it will always be for my good. Hallelujah and Amen!