For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. -Jeremiah 29:11
This week it has become evident that the Lord’s declaration in Jeremiah 29:11 holds true today and tomorrow in my life. Even when I don’t see the bigger picture, he has a greater plan! He is a mighty, powerful, vengeful, graceful, and merciful God and has so much else he could be doing, but yet he chooses to plan my life before me! How loved one feels when they see God for all he is and can be!
This weekend, I have been lucky to have it off to really enjoy life. Life doesn’t look like a typical 24 year old for me. I’m not going out to party, get drunk, or to fight over a man who will never love me or cherish me. My weekend started out with a preview day at Southern Baptist Theologian Seminary where I met a lot of people who were either starting in January or perspective students. I personally am one of those students who will be starting in January! It was a blessing to be able to go and enjoy a glimpse into what life looks like starting in January.
During the preview day, I received a lot of information about school, financial aid, life on campus, and so much more… but the things that I could not learn are the things I can cherish. I got to have a lecture from a renowned biblical counseling professor, I got to meet people from all over the world who want to further themselves for the kingdom of God, make a couple friends, find a couple churches to attend, have a reception at President Mohler’s home where I got to witness a large private collection of books, and mostly be in a setting where I felt at home and able to worship the Father I love!
The churches I mentioned I learned about are ones that I am exploring as options to attend. I am use to attending a non-denominational so attending ones that are part of the Baptist Convention is a unique experience for myself. I am attending a Baptist seminary, but it is a little different than an actual church.
Saturday, I got asked to work for a few hours, but after I had all evening to enjoy time with the Father. I came home and did not jump right in, but I spent a couple hours with the Father. It was a renewing heart for myself to spend such an amount of time with the Father alone and no interruptions or distractions.
Sunday, today, I went to a new church in east Louisville. It is a church plant and is currently meeting at a Marriott hotel, but it has about 300 people in attendance. I found this church to be different, yet interesting. I was invited by someone who works in the mission office at Southern. I texted him this morning to let him know that I would be attending and I sat with him and his wife. It was a blessing. It was what I needed. I did not know the music sang, but my heart was filled with a great sermon by C.J. Mahaney. It was a really good service. I truly enjoyed it.
This evening after a nice 3 hour nap, God had me laughing at the realization he pointed out. He had this all planned! He is answering my prayers!
For 3 months now, I have been praying about finding a church to call home, friends who are like-minded, and guidance through this transition. He pointed out to me that He is working on these prayers. I may not see it in full view right now, but each little step has a grander purpose. He has heard my cries, wiped away my tears, and promised to fulfill his plans for my life, but in his timing not in mine.
May he grant you your hearts desire and fulfill all your plans! -Psalm 20:4
God is granting my hearts desire and fulfilling his plans in my life. Slowly, but surely he is. He is doing so in your life as well. We have to remember that we live in a world where we want what we want when we want it and we don’t care how we get it (I feel this is a quote from a movie or something, but I have no idea). I care how I get my hearts desires. I hope and pray that you do as well. There is a time and place for everything. If we cannot afford something, we save for it, we don’t steal it. If we want to date someone, we don’t go and manipulate a man or woman (at least that is not how dating should be anyways). There is a time to take action, but there is a time to wait patiently.
Patiently is the key word right. Easier said than done type of thing… I know I’ve been there, I am there. I’m taking God for who he is, what he has done, and trusting what he can do based on what he has done. Do we elect an official based on what they have not done… NO we elect them based on what they can get accomplished because of what we have seen them already do. This is how we should view God… We trust him and blindly and faithfully follow him because of what he has done in the past and because we know we can trust him to do it again in the future and do more and be more in the future. It is not always able to be seen or felt, but it is being done. God is so majestic beyond our imaginations that he is infinitely profound.
God has shown me a card he holds within his hand this weekend, but he has not shown me the whole deck called my life… He reveals as he sees we need it. He does not give us anything we cannot handle and even when he takes, he is giving also. More than ever I am learning this as my family battles sickness after sickness and death upon death. God remains steadfast in his love, grace, and mercy!
I’m planning, but I can’t go forward with these plans without praying. I can try, but if it is not God’s plan, then the doors will be closed. That has been shown through the past 2 years of my life with China and now my move to Jeffersonville, IN. He said no to China, but yes to moving to a new city and going to seminary! His plans are better than what I could have imagined or planned.
I’m currently praying for something pretty big before I start seminary, but as God reveals his plan for me, I will update. I just pray it is in favor of my hearts desires.
But he who is noble plans noble things, and on noble things he stands. -Isaiah 32:8
I pray my plans are noble! I pray that your plans are noble and that you firmly stand on God’s word which is noble.
The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps. -Proverbs 16:9