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. (NIV)
There is nothing better than knowing what is to come, or where we are headed. When we make plans we are very attentive to the details as they give us comfort in simply knowing what to expect. And with this sense of control, we can go forth with ease because we have a glimpse of how things should work out and we can also prepare should something take a wrong turn.
But what happens when we are not in control of the plans and we have no insight? The details are unclear and the outcome…well let’s just say we have to wait and see what will happen next.
Life will sometimes throw at us an unexpected event that we are not in the mood to face. When these occurrences take place we naturally begin to resist, because for the most part we can only see the negatives that are currently obvious in that moment. Jeremiah 29:11 reminds us that the plans for our life have not only been carefully considered, but they have also been specifically planned out by the Lord, and while these unwanted circumstances come up, many are a test of our faith to prove that we are willing and ready to trust Him to take us a little further. I know how I view unexpected happenings now versus before and I can still recognize that the acceptance of the unexpected still takes time, because naturally in the flesh we wonder how things will play out. Regardless of how it appears good or bad, we often times fail to consider the role that event plays in “the plans” for our life.
So I leave you with this analogy that a visiting pastor from the Sugarland, Tx area brought forth in his sermon during our church’s anniversary.
In the 007 film, the main character always manages to find himself in a bind. At the end of the film there is always a situation of course that produces a struggle of some sort that could even be life threatening. Although faced with an unwelcome circumstance one thing is for sure, it doesn’t matter how much danger he is in, or how much of a fight he has to put up to accomplish his goal, he always lives in the end. Why? The writer of the film wrote it in the script. The writer purposely wrote in the script not only the struggles he would face, because they can’t be avoided, but also his winning survival.
So when we are faced with unexpected struggles and circumstances, we can make it a goal to consider the role it plays in our life’s plan because our Father is with us, and as the Author, the plans for our life are already written. Go in faith knowing that the written plan ends in victory!