11 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.”
This is a verse I learned as a teenager and would quote as your favorite verse when asked. Years later, I think it’s very important to include the next couple of verses (Jeremiah 29:12-14 a) along with verse 11.
12 Then you will call upon 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. 14 I will be found by you,” declares the LORD, “and will bring you back from captivity.”
What a beautiful promise!! My life hasn’t turned out as I had planned. I mean, when I was in high school, I thought I wanted to be a veterinarian. Then, I ended graduating college with an English degree and I am working for a mortgage company. I would have never guessed that at this point in my life, I would be working at this job. I would have never guessed that I would be living in Nashville (and loving it). But, all along the way, God has known that this is the path He has chosen for me.
When I call out to God, he hears me. When I seek his will for my life, He will provide me with the answers. It’s reassuring to know that even if I’m thousands of miles away from my family, God is there for me. God has my life in His hands and He cares for me so much that He is in even what I might consider the smallest details.
A wonderful passage of scripture. His plan is often not what we had in mind (certainly mine has not been). But at times when I feel lost, it’s encouraging to know that He does have a plan for my life and I’m not wandering around aimlessly.
This is very, very good stuff and so relevant to my life right now. 🙂 Thanks for sharing.
Raquel Byrnes says
Seeing now, what God had planned for me…I am so glad we didn’t go with mine. Great post.
Yvonne Lewis says
A great post and a great help to me. Thanks for sharing.
Arlee Bird says
Jeremiah 29:11 is a verse I also really like. And you are so right about the importance of the verses that follow. I have always felt God’s influence in my life and I feel that even at my age there is much more to come.
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