Jeremiah 29:11 NIV “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.”
On my way to work one morning, I asked my Father for direction; “Where do you want me to be?” “What do you want me to do?” “Which goals do I aim for, and which do I let go?”
Images appeared so clearly in my mind: There is a little girl (obviously not knowing any better) pulling back as her Father gently pulls her along the path He has chosen for her and a grown woman (having learned to trust along the way) following along contentedly as her Father gently guides her along the path He has for her. The little one is headstrong
and lacking faith; the woman is trusting, having experienced firsthand the love of her Father and knowing His ways bring joy.
Of course, I want to be the woman (age wise, I certainly am!), yet there are times I behave like the little girl. I know myself fairly well, and I’m pretty sure my lack of patience – wanting to know where He’s leading and when we’ll get there and what stops we’ll make along the way – are not representative of a peaceful, trusting woman of God. It’s a blessing to know that He doesn’t lack patience with me, but is always with me to remind me of His love and His plans to “prosper us, not harm us, plans to give us hope and a future!”
Prayer: Heavenly Father, please guide my steps as I seek to do your will and follow where you lead. In Jesus’ name. Amen.