“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.” Jeremiah 29:11-12
I am a creature of habit. I like things occurring in a way that makes sense to me. When something slips out of place and forces me to re-arrange my routine, or when I come to a fork in the road where I have to decide where I am supposed to be, I don’t particularly enjoy the process. This happens even when I am prompted by God to try something new before I feel I am ready. It’s at these times that I feel like I am back at square one, starting again, just like a baby taking their first steps.
You know, I think that this is a big reason as to why change causes discomfort for so many of us. When you are well into your journey of life and like to think you are an expert in your field, to have to start something new, when tragedy occurs or when you have to go somewhere that was never in your “life plans”, it is an uncomfortable and at times humbling experience. I have had to do this many times and it has taken me quite a while to be able to ignore the internal voice which starts making me doubt. You know that tape recorder that plays in your subconscious making statements such as – “Have I chosen the right path“, “Was it really God speaking to me?”, ”Can people see how uncomfortable I am?”, “Does it look like I know what I am doing?”, “Why me?”, “I am just going to fail or make a fool out of myself!”.
To drown out this internal voice I draw on God’s truth, repeating one of my favourite passages in the book of Jeremiah which cuts through this doubt with words of reassurance:- “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.” Jeremiah 29:11-12 (NIV)
What a comfort it is to know that when I stumble across hurdles on my path, when unexpected detours come my way, the God of the universe knows the plan, my life has meaning and I am not alone. What peace it brings in the midst of troubling or changing times in my life to know that I can call on God and He will listen. I pray that the next time change comes your way you will remember this truth and that it will bring you peace and reassurance.
(original post 26.1.2015)
Holy Bible: New International Version. (2011). GrandRapids, Mich.: Zondervan; Image: http://www.lovethispic.com/image/236429/isle-of-skye