September 2012

“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.” Jeremiah 29:11.

We make a lot of plans of our own – for our lives or just for the week or the day. They don’t always turn out quite the way we planned – sometimes better, sometimes worse. Making plans for the future can be really scary, though, especially at a turning point in our lives. Many of us are concerned about God’s plan for our life – how do we make it happen? What does he want us to study or work with? What does he want us to do with our lives? In my own life, these questions and worries have sometimes made me want to just postpone the choices, to stay put and just wait for God to post big neon signs with the way he wants me to go or to speak to me in an audible voice during my prayers and tell me what he wants me to do. I don’t doubt that God may speak to some people that way but it’s probably not the way he will speak to all of us. So how do the rest of us figure out how to live our lives? Some people say that you should wait and pray until God gives some kind of sign as to the next step. Others say that we should start moving, asking God to guide our steps and to stop us when we’re going the wrong way or when he has something better in store for us. Some see God’s plan for our lives as very specific while others think of it as a little looser – that He gave us our gifts, talents and condition in life as something for us to use creatively to serve him to the best of our abilities. These views don’t have to be contradictory; they may complement each other. What is certain is that God loves us and that life is a gift and an adventure. The world we live in was created by God in the beginning and is essentially good even thought it’s now broken. He created it for us to explore and enjoy and to reflect who he is. You don’t have to know God’s plan for your entire life right now. In fact I think it’s probably more fun not to. Just take it one step at a time – God is in control and he knows what’s best for you in the long run. At each step keep your eyes open and see God’s blessings and the way he communicates with you. It may be through the Bible, in prayer, through other people or his creation, or some other way. Take time to see this instead of only worrying about the next step. Take His hand and go in confidence towards being who he created you to be! If you seek His will with your life, one detour will not make his whole plan fail. He’ll know how to get you where you need to be if you want him to.

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