“I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord.” This quote from Jeremiah is one of my favorites, and one I have referenced in different blog posts over the past several years. Today, as I was sitting at my desk, thinking of all the things in life that I have no control over, the quote came to mind. Every once in a while, I wish the Lord would make those plans known!
I think that this is something that everyone struggles with at one time or another. We want to control our lives and every situation we find ourselves in. We don’t want to leave things to chance, and sometimes, the unknown is frightening. When the unknown involves big changes in our lives—such as marriages, divorces, sickness, job security—or small decisions, such as what to do for the weekend, it can be nerve-wracking.
It’s at these times, however, that we have to trust in the Lord even more, knowing that good and bad things will happen in life, but that there is a plan out there for each of us—a path for our lives that if we follow God will lead to goodness. Sometimes we have to just let God lead the way, and other times, we have to let him take control of the steering wheel, as it were.
As I think about this weekend, and all the things that are uncertain—big and small—I am going to try to remind myself of that fact. As the quote from Jeremiah ends, it says the Lord has “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
What do you think of this Bible passage? Do you struggle with issues of control or with the idea of the unknown? Please share how you cope as it may help other readers.