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)
You know the plans you have for me? Yes, I know the plans I have for you. If you know the plans you have for me, why don’t I know the plans you have for me? Do you want to know the plans I have for you? Yes, I certainly want to know the plans you have for me. What would happen if I gave you a moment by moment, detailed plan, for the rest of your life? I’m not sure. Oh, I think you know, you just don’t want to tell me. I’ll wait. You want me to tell you what I think I would do if you gave me the complete detailed plan for my life, all at once, right now? That’s right, yes, I do. Ok here goes. I think there are two possibilities. I’d like to hear them both. If I knew your entire plan for my life you probably wouldn’t hear from me very often. I would check back with you only as needed. Since I would know your complete plan for my life that would not be very often. That’s not good. No, it’s not. What is not good about that? You want me to live in a close and intimate relationship with you. You want me to come to rely on you. Yes, I do. What is the other possibility? If a caught a glimpse of your plan for my entire life I would probably run away in the opposite direction. Why is that? I would think that you had asked too much of me. I would think I am unable to do what you asked of me. You would hear a bunch of whining from me. You would hear every argument and excuse for why I could not go and do what you had given me to do for you. That would not be good either. No, it would not.
So where does that leave us? I don’t know for sure. I do have a plan that I can and will reveal to you. You have my full attention. Here goes. It is my plan that you seek me with all your heart. It is true, I want you to live in a close and intimate relationship with me. When you seek me with all your heart you will find me. You will come to know me. Do you know what that means? I’m not sure. As you come to know me you will be changed. As you remain in my presence you will become like me. How is that for a plan? That is a great plan. Yes, it is. Now, I will also tell you that as you continue to follow me, I will unfold before you where I want you to go and what I want you to do for me. You will be able to know my will and walk in my ways. That’s what I want. Will you seek me with all your heart? Will you follow me? Will you rely on me? Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.
Lord, thank you for having good plans for my life. You give me hope filled future. Unfold your plans for me as I live in a vital relationship with you. As I seek you with all my heart, show me where you want me to go and give me what you want to do. Amen
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