“For I KNOW the plans I have for you declares the Lord. Plans to PROSPER YOU and not harm you. Plans to give you HOPE and a FUTURE.”
This is a cross that use to hang in my sister Sara’s condo. After she passed a way, it was one of the things that I received, and I treasure it.
I have been reflecting on the talks that I am giving this weekend at the Choose Conference in Sonora, CA. One of the statements that continues to go through my mind is, “It’s not about me. It’s about Him.” That was one of the main messages that Sara wanted to make sure people would remember, even after her life was no longer here.
As I was looking at it the other night and reflecting on the verse, I realized why so many of us get stuck feeling like a victim of circumstances in our life.
The thing is, being human, we really always want to make everything about us – what we want, what we desire, what we choose to hear. I see the words stating there is a plan to prosper and not harm me, and it’s hard not to think, “Really? Did you miss me in line on the day when the whole don’t-harm-me-prize was handed out?” Because let’s be real. There are days when I feel harmed.
But the thing is, these words were the Lord’s, not mine. He stated them with His heart and His intentions, not mine. Wanting to put my own interpretation on them is my problem, not His.
Oh, how we want to fix the suffering. The problem is, we want it to be fixed our way, in our time, and by our standards. I think the prayer is good, if we put God’s expectations on them instead of our own.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord. “Plans to prosper you and not harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future.”
He has plans… it’s up to me to trust that. It always boils down to trust.
I can look through His eyes and see how I have prospered in the midst of my life. Through God’s eyes, I am not harmed. My spirit is more than strong. It is safe and content and securely at peace. I have been prospered and protected. That in and of itself gives me hope and a future. And all of that is possible because I choose to trust His plan.
The amazing thing is, that’s just what I imagine His eyes to see. All the little things and big things I am sure I miss everyday with my human eyes are seen by His. And I trust that He’s taking care of it all.
All I have to remember to do is get out of His way… to let His eyes guide my life instead of relying on my own limited vision.
Something to reflect on today.
Love and prayers,