The Plans God Has for Me

“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 don’t know how this can be true.  I really don’t.  I know that our definitions of “prospering” are probably not the same as God’s.  Often, we have tiny little picket fence dreams of what “prospering” means – I know I do.  And I get sad and frustrated and lonely  because I still have financial issues or I’m not married yet.  My plans for me haven’t worked out in a lot of ways.

And honestly, I have it really easy compared to a lot of people.  I’m not living in poverty, I’m not homeless, and I’m safe most of the time.  In addition, I have good friends and a lot of luxuries.

So, I’ve been thinking about why I still believe this verse and others like it.  Because I do – I question it, but I always come back to believing it and I just do not understand why.  I can’t shake it.

I’ve been feeling some strength from that lately.  Also, this section:

“I will go before you and will level the mountains.  I will break down gates of bronze and cut through bars of iron.  I will give you hidden treasures, riches stored in secret places, so that you too may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel, who summons you by name.” (Isaiah 45).

I’m waiting for those mountains to be leveled.  I’m waiting for the plans he has for me.  I don’t know what they are or if I’ll see them but I’m guessing it doesn’t necessarily fit into my little list of what I want to happen in my life.


One Response to The Plans God Has for Me

  1. 71 & Sunny says:

    I’m so sorry you’re struggling right now. There was definitely a time when I couldn’t see how God’s plans were good for me either. I was so incredibly broken by OCD, GAD, and depression, that I almost could not function.

    I think you are right. God’s plans seldom look like ours. I actually think (at least now I do!) that is a good thing. God is not limited by our imagination. His ideas are so much bigger than ours. His plans are exceedingly better.

    I don’t remember where I heard/read this, but it has stuck with me for years. If you look at a piece of tapestry or a work of cross-stitch – when you look at the under-side of it, it is a huge mess. There is thread going every which way and there does not appear to be any rhyme or reason. However, look at the tapestry or cross-stitch right-side up, and all of a sudden there is a beautiful picture, where every thread is in the right place. That is like our lives. Lots of times, we can only see the under-side of our tapestry, but God sees us right-side up. He knows what beauty He is making out of your life.

    Like my pastor said the other day: God has big shoulders and he’s not afraid of our questions. Sometimes I question things too. But yes, I too, always end up going back to believe what He says.

    Peace to you.

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