Jeremiah 29:11-13: “‘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. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.'”

Whether we want to establish a career or solve an ongoing problem – it’s great to come up with a plan. In a perfect world we tackle the issue and move right along without any further issues. In the real world we know that there’s this wildcard “life”. Life tends to happen with or without our consent and may overthrow all our neat plans. Expressing this sentiment in his song “Beautiful Boy”, John Lennon famously quoted Allen Saunder’s Reader’s Digest entry:

“Life is what happens to us while we are making other plans”.

Yes, life happens! It can be exhilarating, frustrating, or downright devastating, and we all have to deal with it. From time to time we may stop in our tracks and wonder: where is God in all of this?

The surprising news is, despite life’s randomness, God actually has come up with a plan for our lives. His hand in things is usually hard to detect. God happens to be subtle as a rule with exceptions of course. Angel visits for instance are not subtle, but let’s face it: a visual one-on-one with an angel does not occur on a regular basis.

God has written out a plan for each and every person, simply because He cares. Why? – you may wonder. Well, He handcrafted us. Why wouldn’t He? And the very fact that God has a plan for our lives strikes me as special. He wouldn’t have a plan, unless He was genuinely interested, somehow involved and actively engaged in our lives. God passionately pursues His creation. He has a vested interest in you and me. That’s just who He is.

Nobody but God knows us as deeply as He, which is why He is able to recognize everything that’s inside of us. So when He pulls out a plan, it’s usually something we could not have come up with in our wildest dreams. God thinks big. Naturally, His plans for you and me are God-sized.

God has plans of hope, plans that help us grow and bring us into a better tomorrow, plans that discover and develop our talent, plans that are custom-sized and tailored to our person. It’s something that fits us like a glove, something that we’re meant to be. Call it our contribution to humanity; call it our purpose; but whatever it is God has in store for us is something to get excited about.

God certainly has high hopes for our futures! However, for all of this to materialize we need to be on a quest to find Him. We need to seek Him in all things to discover how God thinks and to get to know Him better. Seeking God is a life style, a lifelong journey. While seeking Him out, we’re doing ourselves a huge favor. His elaborate plans coming to fruition are the best things happening in this random thing called life. Life maybe a wild ride, but through it all we can always trust Him and rest assured:

His plans for us are good – plans to prosper us and not to harm us, plans to give us hope and a bright future.

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