“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. 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.” Jeremiah 29:11-13 (NIV)
We are always planning! In fact, these very acts can consume our existence. If we do not stop and just breathe, we’ll over-commit, say “YES” to everything and become weary. God clearly states He knows the plans. But what kind of plans are they? We like to think we know the right ones, the kind that will bring us the most happiness. Let’s consider the desires of Jesus. We actually don’t know the best route, but He does. Think of a plant rooted in good soil. What happens when that very plant is watered and fed according to its unique needs? How about just the right sunlight? With the appropriate conditions, the plant will bloom, flourish, and thrive.
These are the promises of Jesus. He has a future for us if we believe in Him and develop a relationship with Him. Jesus encourages us to meet Him where we are, and pray without ceasing. He says He will listen. How important is it to find an active listener? There is no one who will listen like Jesus. Let’s consider creating conditions conducive to thriving in Christ. Those conditions begin with the decision to follow Him, to give Him our whole heart, and to love others as He loves them. Jesus has exciting plans for our lives, and He’s only one call away!
Jesus I pray you will guide us in your way. Soften our hearts so we can focus on you. Increase our faith that we might share your love with others and be a light in the lives of those who need direction and purpose.