This is what the LORD says:
“When seventy years are completed for Babylon,
I will come to you and fulfill my gracious promise
to bring you back to this place. 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 29:10-11
This verse came to me this morning.  There is a lot going on around here.  This weekend John’s youngest sister is getting married.  She is 38, never married and marrying a guy, 36, never married…how cool (unusual) is that?!?!  I know she waited a long time and I think she thought she would never get married.  But the Lord sent her a really nice man…I am sure he was worth waiting for!  We will be leaving on Friday for the wedding, be home Sunday.
Another big event coming up is Andy’s move.  One week from today, Andy will get on a plane and move across the country.  I have to remember that I do not know the Lord’s plans.  I have to accept that Andy has prayed about his decisions.  I have to accept the fact that he believes he is doing what is right for him, at this point in time.  Andy didn’t consult with his Dad or with me, but says he prayed about it.  What more can I ask?  Isn’t that what I raised him to do?  I do not know what the Lord’s plans are for me and my life nor do I know the plans the Lord has for Andy’s life.  Can you imagine how those exiled to Babylon must have felt…70 years?  The Lord says, “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.  Verse 12 goes on to say, Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.
What a promise…you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.  He is listening, all I have to do is call on him.  The Lord knows the plans for my life, for Andy’s life, for YOUR life…we just have to wait, be patient and trust in him.  Keeping that trust alive requires being ever mindful of him, through prayer, worship and reading and studying his word. We have to call on him, He will listen.
Lord, thank you for the opportunity to once again be reminded of how all-knowing you are.  Being reminded that you have plans for me that I do not know, plans for my family that I do not know, but they are Your plans and therefore, I know I can rest assured that they are for our good.  Thank you for the rain, the sun, the friends…all the blessings you have bestowed upon me.  Lord, please continue to watch over Andy, please keep him safe and help him to continue seeking your will for his life.  Thank you for you Son and the gift of eternal life I have through him.  Thank you for the hope and the future you have for me and my family.  I am listening, Lord…thank you for hearing.
What about you?  Am I the only one that needs to be reminded that the Lord has plans that I don’t see and/or understand?  Have a blessed day….


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