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.” Jeremiah 29:11 NIV
This is the verse I read this morning in my quiet time. I have learned in reading the Bible that while single verses are great it is also really helpful to read the verses around a single verse and also to get an idea of what was happening at the time the verse was written. This verse was surrounded by other verses admonishing the Israelites to live where they were at the time. They were in exile from Jerusalem under Nebuchadnezzar, an evil king. They didn’t want to be where they were and they were all hoping to go home. But the Lord was admonishing them to live their lives as they normally would and that when the time was right, He would send them home as He had promised.
Yeah, so that really has nothing to do with anything going on in my life right now, does it? 🙂 I got the message load and clear Lord, I need to just go about my life and realize that You have this whole adoption thing handled and You will move things forward in Your time. (Easier said then done). I have a hard time doing this, as I am sure most people do. I am a driven person and I like things to be done yesterday. It’s a good trait in some ways, but bad in others, like when I don’t have control of things or I have to wait on someone else to do something. But ultimately I have to trust that God has His hand on this situation with the doctor and He will get this note written when He wants it done. I really can do nothing to change it. So, I prayed about it and changed my attitude about it. I realized the whole thing was stealing my joy and I needed to get ahold of that.
I did call this morning just to check on the progress of the doctor’s office and the nurse said hopefully by Monday they would get it done. But even so, I will trust the Lord that He has good plans for me and He will get this thing done in the right time.
“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. ” Jeremiah 29:11- the message
I’m with you, Ruth! I want things done yesterday, too. I want a plan and I want clear directions on how to do it and I want a timeline for each step so that I can see my progress. I don’t want to look back and see it later..I work better if I can see it now. So you have a plan, God? Wonderful! Can I see it? Can we talk about it? Can You outline the steps I need to take to fulfill this plan? Can You at least give me a big sign saying “Stay right here.” or “Go this way.” or “At the next signal, you are going to want to get in the left hand lane and make a turn.” Anything! I’ve been feeling restless the last few days and know there is a plan for me as well…I’m just getting very tired of waiting for the big reveal that probably won’t happen until it is all over. lol