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 upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:11-13 (NIV)
I do have a purpose and plan for your life. You can be sure of that. I have no doubt that you have a purpose and plan for my life. If I have any doubts at all it would be self-doubts. What do you mean by that? I wonder if I will listen attentively enough to hear and know your plan. Are you seeking me with all your heart? Yes, I am seeking you with all my heart. Yes, I can see that you are seeking me with all your heart. You have nothing to worry about. As you seek me with all your heart my plan for your life will unfold day-by-day, one step at a time. Were you thinking that you would one day come to know my plan for your entire life? I was hoping. That’s not going to happen at least in the way that you were hoping that it might. What do you mean by that? What would happen to you if I revealed my entire plan for your life? I’m not sure what you mean? Oh, I think you know exactly what I mean. Take a guess at what you think I might mean. If I saw your entire plan for my life I might run away from it. I would say that I am unable and unqualified. I would strongly suggest that you go find someone else to do what you have asked me to do for you. Have you ever done that before? Yes, I have run away from your plan for my life several times before. Yes and you ran away from just a small piece of my plan for your life. Yes, I did. Wouldn’t you certainly run away from my entire plan for your life if you saw it all at once? Yes, I would. What other reaction might you have if you saw my entire plan for your life all at once? I might become independent and self-reliant. I might begin to think that I had no need to rely on you. I would begin to rely on myself. I might check back with you only on rare occasions if I really got in a jam. That would not be good at all. No, I can see how knowing your entire plan for my life, all at once, would not be helpful to our relationship. That’s partly right. What do you mean by that? Why I am only partly right?
You are partly right because I am now going to tell you what is my plan for your entire life. Are you sure that is a good idea? That is a funny question to be asking me. You already know my plan for your entire life. I don’t think so. You are thinking that my plan for your life is just about what you will do. Who will you be? What will you look like? Who will you become? Now, I think I know what you mean. Tell me. Your plan is that I will become like your Son. You want me to become like Him. He loved you with all His heart and mind and soul and strength. Yes, He did. Because He loved you He also fully loved and gave himself to others. Yes, He did. That is your plan for my entire life. Yes, it is. As you follow me and seek me with all your heart the details of that will unfold day-by-day, moment-by-moment and step-by-step. I will follow you and seek you with all my heart.
Lord, I am so thankful that you have a purpose and plan for my life. It is the desire of my heart to know you and your plans for my life. So, I will seek you with all my heart. I will call out to you in prayer to seek your guidance as I live my life with and for you. Amen
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