11 For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. 12 Then when you call upon me and come and pray to me, I will hear you. 13 When you search for me, you will find me; if you seek me with all your heart,
My senior year of high school was difficult. It was a time of identity searching in which I felt lost and insecure in my plans for the next four years and the rest of my life. I had put an immense amount of pressure on myself to find the perfect college, so much so that I ultimately became disappointed about where I ended up. I picked out every flaw and regretted my decision. This was a destructive pattern of thinking that I think many of us have experienced. So often we lose sight of God’s plans for us and forget to call upon him. It took a semester of negativity and doubt for me to be drawn to a yellow sticky note tucked inside the cover of my Bible. Rev Jen had given me the note during the college admissions process that said “Jer. 29:11-13.” Finding this sticky note was God’s way of responding to my prayers. I could feel God’s presence while reading this verse. It brought me comfort and reassurance that my choice of college and career path was the right one.
It is so easy to lose sight of God’s plans for us. We are so quick to assume that God does not hear our prayers when we do not see immediate results in our lives. But Jeremiah 29 reminds us that he is always there for us to seek. His plans for your future may not be the perfection that you are seeking or the outcome you are expecting, but they will put you on the right path and provide you with a future with hope.
I challenge you to think of a time that you felt lost and uncertain of God’s plans for you. Now consider how God’s presence in your life changed your perspective and gave you hope for your future.
Loving God, we ask that you help us seek you with all of our hearts. May you continue to hear our calls in times of uncertainty. Help us to feel secure in your plans for us and let our futures be grounded in hope and love. Amen. ~Amanda Roberts