Thursday, June 12, 2008

Jeremiah 29:11

"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

Have you ever had a Bible verse keep popping up over and over, and you begin to think God is trying to tell you something?

That has happened to me with this verse from Jeremiah. First, it's the theme verse for His Forever Love, the book that just sold to Steeple Hill, the one I'm still revising. So I see this verse every time I start to work on the pages.

Last week at the Senior Luncheon at our church, the youth minister used the verse in his words to the graduating seniors.

Then at the baccalaureate ceremony for my son, the speaker used the verse in talking about the kids' futures. And I thought, okay, God, I'm listening.

I've been anxious about letting my son go, letting him head off to college in August to be on his own for the first time in his life. And I think God has used this verse to try to assure me that He is taking care of my son now. Beyond emotional support (and of course financial support!), it's not really my job any more to watch out for his safety and happiness. He's all grown up, and I have to let him go--let him go to follow God's plan for his life. And God's plan is a plan to prosper him and not harm him, a plan to give him hope and a future.

Thank you, God, that You're in charge. Thank you that Your plan is better than any plan I could ever have! Help me to remember that You want the best for all my children and that You love them more than I ever could.
Amen

4 comments:

  1. Missy,
    You are listening. God will watch over him, and I'll watch over you. Coffee and chocolate for Missy come August!!!
    Besides, you'll be to busy writing to overly worry about him.

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  2. Missy- you may also want to consider that God has plans for you as well as your son. Even as your son moves into his life changes, don't forget God will use you in different ways as well. Sometimes we get so wrapped up in our kids lives that we forget our purpose outside of them. It sounds like God is lighting a path for you. That's exciting!
    Dianna

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  3. Dianna, thanks for your message. That very thought hit me after I posted my message. So I guess He's still going to be hitting me upside the head with that verse. :)

    Lindi--I'll take you up on your offer!

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  4. Missy,

    I love that verse. I'm glad God is giving you comfort.

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