Jeremiah 29:11 “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.”
I have in the past, and sometimes now, not liked myself. I was, and still am to some extent, a dreamer. I was the kid who would lay on the front yard grass and look at the sky. I would think about everything under the sun and everything beyond it. I would dream silly child dreams of superhuman abilities and everybody loving and admiring me, like Superman. I think many kids do, but really, I was extreme in that. I thought, dreamed and hoped for the “what ifs.”
Over the years my thoughts and dreams changed. Too much time I spent frustrated at who I was. Somethings I, even now, would change some things (not all, but some). Oh I have wished were different. I am still a minority, still short, still not spectacular, and still just average in most ways. I’m not brilliant, not charismatic, and did not have a sports career. I still can’t sing, am not wealthy and am not kind or nice as I should be. Now I would have changed some of those things, but not all of them. Some things I can still work on and by the grace of God I still do. But what I had hoped and dreamed to be isn’t playing out the way I wrote them in my dreams.
But God had a plan. I love that phrase “But God.” It is so overflowing. God had a better plan than mine. Like Popeye, I am what I am. But unlike Popeye, it’s not all that I am. Something dramatic has happened. Jesus, the one who loves me most, called to me until I came. He has never given up on me. And once I knew Him as my best friend, the one who loves me just as I am with all my faults, He began to show me things more special than I had ever imagined. He shares His plans for me with me and now I love “dreaming with Him!” As I commune with Him, my dreams change. I change. His plan became my dream and I live for it. Oh I am not what I hoped to be, and that’s a good thing! I have exchanged what I hoped for my life for what God planned for my life. In fact, I began to realize, that life within me was given by Him. My life was really not ever only “my life.” I discarded my plans and was thrilled to walk on the journey He had designed for me. Yes, sometimes I take wrong turns, but I am thrilled to be on this journey with Jesus. He is the friend closer even than a brother. (Proverbs 18:24) Family and Friends, I am happy. I have joy, I have peace. I am loved by a good God. I threw my plans away in exchange for a life serving Jesus. This may sound strange to some, but many have done the same and understand. And please know that God has a very special plan for you. Better than your plan for you. He knows best and He is able to bring it about if only you will love and honor Him. He is always good and He always loves. Now I want His plan wherever it will lead. May I honor His plan for me with the honor it deserves! And, by the way, I have seen Him work supernaturally through me. Not because I am super in any way, but because He is. So, maybe my dream was a bit off, but not that far off? Thank you Jesus! Praise God!
Psalm 150:6 – Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord!
Micah 7:7 – But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior; my God will Hear me.
Micah 6:8 – He has shown You, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of You but to do justly, to love mercy, And to walk humbly with Your God.
Numbers 6:24-26 “The Lord bless you and keep you; 25 The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you; 26 The Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.”This entry was posted in Inspirations and tagged Jeremiah, Micah, Numbers, proverbs, Psalm by Bob with