MSG: I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out–plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.
Whaaatt?? Did you just read that?! Jesus wants to give us the future we hope for?? It spells it out pretty clearly in that verse, doesn’t it? If He knows what He is doing, why is it so hard for us to grasp on to that truth? To believe He’s got it all figured out? To understand that he hasn’t just left us hanging in the dust?
Trust. It’s a total trust issue, right? I don’t know about you, but sometimes trust is a really, really hard thing for me. However, there are two instances in my life I find myself relating this verse to perfectly. When I chose BVU as a college, I honestly didn’t really have a solidified reason why. I visited campus the summer before my senior year of high school, and knew the whole car ride home that’d be where I would go to school. I can truly say, 5 years later (holy cow) that God’s purpose for my decision was revealed to me. Looking back, God had planned so many adventures for me at BV. So many places of the world to see, so many lessons to be learned, and so SO many hearts to connect with there. I wouldn’t trade any of those experiences for the world now, but that first day I stepped on campus, I couldn’t have imagined any of them. It’s incredibly challenging to try and see past the here and now, isn’t it? I look back and am in AWE of how God took care of me, had it all planned out, and provided for my future in unexpected ways during those 4 years. I imagine you can look back on your life and find an instance where the same is true for you. Maybe it’s found in a new job selection, an unexpected relationship, or a big move across the US. We just don’t look very often.
Recently, I’ve found myself in a similar situation to that summer before college. This fall I accepted and started a new job in a new city. I had no real reason to move and take this particular job, and I have no idea where these next few years are leading. I often wonder why God placed me here and what His purpose is. I think we all often feel that way about our current life situations. However, the one thing that shatters my doubt when I lose trust, is looking back on the way God worked in my life at BVU and how much He has blessed me. He did it before, why would he leave me hanging now? “Plans to give you the future you hope for”–He’s still working. He doesn’t just place you somewhere because it’s convenient for you (most of the time it’s not) or Him. Trust me as I trust Him–it’s part of the master plan. You may not see it revealed to you in the next 4 years, or maybe even 10, but hang in there. I promise you, He has it all planned out. He says so Himself–TRUST that.
Instead of wasting your precious days away trying to figure out all the answers to every, “why me, why now, why here?” question, let’s spend more time enjoying the journey and trusting the plan. No, you probably can’t see the blessings or trials that are ahead for you, but I encourage you to look back and examine the ways you’ve already been blessed and used by God in whatever circumstance you’ve found yourself in. Maybe your world has recently been flipped upside down and holding on feels really hard—but trust me friend, keep holding on, keep riding out the waves and daily putting your trust in the one who works ALL circumstances for your good. There is a plan, He hasn’t forgotten about you. He wants to BLESS YOU and USE YOU. Sit back, trust Him, and watch how he can transform your situation into something good.
“Trusting God’s plan is the only secret I know to not freaking out. And remembering His promises helps put my problems back in perspective” -Lysa TerKeurst
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