My life feels like it’s going by so quickly lately (and almost everyone I know feels that way – can’t we make some sort of deal to slow it down??)
I just got more work which, being self-employed, is fantastic, but leaves me with little thinking time. Truthfully, I can usually use less thinking in my life, but it also leaves me with less prayer/talking to God time. I’ve been thinking of doing the try to read the Bible in a year thing or the try to read a book in the Bible I’ve been wanting to read thing, but what seems to be working most for me is just to pick a little bit of it that is what I need to hear and have it roll around in my head for a while. It can be dangerous to take things out of context, I know, so I am making sure I have read the context and that it is consistent with what I know about God. (although so many things are so hard to know about God).
Anyway, after all that rambling, I’m thinking about Jeremiah today. I’ve loved Jeremiah 29:11 for a long time: “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.” I have had so many times when I’ve needed to know that God has these plans for me, just like he had them for the exiles. But I also was struck by the part right after that verse: “2 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”
It’s very intimate. It makes me feel like God really wants to get to know me. I mean, I know he does know me, but like he really wants me to be a participant in that. It’s exciting and honoring. Like if you have a friend of a friend you’ve admired who makes a point of getting to know you. Only better because I already know somewhere inside of me how much God loves me. And wants me to seek him. Not sure about how that works though. Maybe I’ll have more thoughts about it tomorrow.