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 is 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, life is a wildcard and may overthrow all our neat planning. 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. The surprising news is, despite life’s randomness, God actually has a plan for our lives.

Seeking God is a life style, a lifelong journey. While seeking Him out, we are doing ourselves a huge favor – by allowing God’s plans to be realized in our lives. What plans? Here is what I believe:

  • God thinks big. Naturally, His plans for you and me are not man-sized, they are God-sized.
  • God has written out a plan for each and every person. 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 very special – He wouldn’t have a plan, wouldn’t He, unless He was genuinely interested. God pursues His creation with great passion. He cares. That is who He is.
  • God has plans that help us grow and bring about a better tomorrow. Plans that are custom-sized and tailored to each person – they fit us like a glove. Call it our contribution to humanity; call it our purpose; but whatever God has in store for us, it is certainly something to get excited about.

God’s plans coming to fruition is the best possible thing that could happen in our lives. Life may be a wild ride, but through it all we can always trust Him and rest assured: His plans for us are very good – plans to prosper us and not to harm us, plans to give us hope and an extraordinary future.

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