"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."
It happens to the best of us, doesn't it? We are in the midst of what we perceive to be the right direction, the correct route, when, suddenly, we are detoured from the well-worn path. Left to machete our way through the intimidatingly overgrown road less traveled.
Not pleasant. Not fun. But, as believers, we know we don't have to demolish that imposing jungle on our own.
We have His help.
It's rare, but it happens. I will write a blog post, smugly thinking I'm ahead of the game. Then, obstacles loom, in this case a missed photo opportunity, which derail my goal. Negate my finished product. There is nothing left for it but to pick myself up, brush myself off, and trust that God is pointing me in another direction.
The one He wants for me.
I have His help.
If I've learned anything over these past few years, it's been to realize He has hopes and plans for my future. I no longer get frustrated when those last 500 words I wrote are no longer viable. When a post I planned to publish falls flat. In the long run, in the eyes of my Lord who has "plans to prosper" me, I find the courage and determination, as the popular saying goes, to "keep calm and carry on."
I have His help . . .
His help is all that matters.
His help is all that is real and true and full of grace.
His help . . .
His plans . . .
My future . . .
Thank You, my Lord and my God!
When you feel God moving you in a different direction, do you keep calm and carry on, trusting in Him?
Will you pray with me?
Dear Father, we make the mistake of doing and creating before we've stopped to ask for Your presence and Your guidance. Forgive us, Lord, and help us to follow the path You are more than willing to carve out for Your name's sake. Let our journeys be a testament to Your great love for us. Amen.