Hello everyone…and a very happy and blessed Wednesday to you all! I truly hope that your day is off to a good start…and even more, I pray that no matter what you may be facing at this time; that you will always know that God will never give up on you…Amen!!
You know…the afflictions and difficult times we face in this life can seem like ruts in the road…and these ruts not only have a way of slowing us down…or even bringing life to a halt; but they can also make us feel as if God will give up on us and walk away. In this life we live each day, we can experience rejection from those who grow weary and impatient with us…and because of this; it can be so easy to feel as if God will react in the same way.
This morning, as I was spending some quiet moments with God; He began to lead me to a Bible verse in Jeremiah 29:11, which reads… “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.” What a verse of hope! Just think…God has already known the plans that He has had for us since the very beginning…and one thing I know without a doubt; is that He is not going to allow any trial or hardship to get in the way of the plans He has for our lives. Satan may have plans to bring us down and out of commission with God and life; but I know a God who has plans to prosper us and give us a hope and a future.
As I look back on my life…to about 28 years ago…I see moments that seemed so hopeless at the time. In fact, to be honest with you, I thought that those painful and heartbreaking moments in my life, were only going to kill me in the end; but as you can see…God brought me through it all…and why…because He had a plan for my life…and that plan was to be used through my own painful past, to help…encourage and uplift others in need.
One thing I have come to see over time; is that no matter what I had put God through back then…and no matter how long He had to wait for me to come in His direction…He waited patiently; because He wasn’t looking at what I was putting Him through; but rather, He cared more about the life He had destined for me since the very beginning.
Just think…at the time when we feel as if God doesn’t care; He’s truly showing us that He does care…and how…by patiently standing in the background of our lives…waiting for us to leave the storm behind and catch up with Him once more.
These storms of affliction we face can sometimes last for a while. I know that mine lasted for many years of my life; but as you can see…God waited and once I got back in sync with Him; that is when He began to lead me into the plan He had for my life…a plan that would allow others to see and experience His presence, through the storms He so patiently waited for me to come out of.
No matter what you are going through…and no matter how long you’ve been in it; just know that God hasn’t given up on you; for He’s standing in the shadows of your circumstance…patiently waiting for you to walk out of the these times…to experience the true plan that He has had for your life all along.
You know…Satan has a way of slowing us down…and sometimes he even brings us to a halt; but that doesn’t mean all hope is gone…or that God has walked away. It just means that the road has become a little more narrow around the bend; but God is there…patiently waiting to take hold of us and lead us to the true destination He has for us…so never give up.
As we close this time together, I pray that we will always feel the loving presence of God surrounding us…despite what we may be facing at the time.
Many blessings on your day!
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