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
We’re always making plans, being the plan-making people that we are. Planning makes us feel that we are in control of our lives. The problem is that plans do fail.
That happens often to all of us . . . Plan A falls apart and we move on to Plan B. We stick with the plan as long as we possibly can, always hoping that all will go according to plan. But much of the time our “best-laid plans” fall apart and we are left floundering.
The solution? Don’t make any plans at all is one solution, but we are unlikely to forget plan-making altogether. We desperately want to be the makers of our own destiny.
A better solution is to continue to plan for the best, always holding on to hope, and then prepare our souls for the worst.
That may sound difficult to do. But the key to it is hope, a hope that helps us hang in there when things fall apart.
Plans will most assuredly fall apart for us from time to time. Our plans will fail sometimes. What we expected to happen blows up right before us, and suddenly we feel out of control and wondering what to try next.
It helps to know that God is ever aware of the plans we’ve made, that God has lovingly made plans for us, and that God’s plans for us are to prosper us, not to harm us.
Most important of all is that God has plans to give us a future and a hope that never fails.