“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)
One of the most popular verses in the Bible of God’s promises. In March of this year will mark my five year divorce anniversary from my second husband and in May of this year will mark my ten year divorce anniversary from my first husband. So much has happened in the last ten years and I have seen God’s hand in all of this even though I have not listened to God and His plan has been altered by the choices I have made.
During my separation for divorce, I was on a destructive path. A path that was hitting rock bottom straight to hell with no chance for eternal life. No one in my family could even get through to me. I was involved with a married person who drove a Schneider truck and lived a life as a PK (pastor’s kid). Little did I know that God had a plan in place. Because this person shown me a Christian College he attended, which was the beginning of my path to the Lord. In November of this year, mark the tenth anniversary in which I had last seen this person. I heard he turned his life around. I hope this is true for this has been my prayer for him all these years.
In the meantime I married a person that lasted less then four years. To be honest with myself, I knew this was a marriage that was not in God’s plan. Yet, God did not waste any of this. For I am able to pass on what I had learned from this marriage.
In the last year I have experienced many losses; my job, my ministerial license, letting go of past relationships, my mother who passed away, and a new friend who passed on. Many have said I am in the best place to do God’s will. Yet, God allowed the time for me to mourn. For this is one of the season of life.
This year marks a new beginning. I know God has a plan for me. It’s up to me to listen to the Spirit. If you are reading this, my prayer is for you to stop trying to take control and listen to God’s Spirit. When we don’t listen, things go awry and spiral downward and we suffer many consequences. When we listen to God, he gives us a peace that is beyond understanding. God’s plan is to prosper you and not to harm you. God’s plans it to give you hope and a future that is aligned in His will. Where are you on this journey?