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,
The Lord has plans for us that I was not even aware of; plans to give me HOPE for the future. Plans to overcome despairs, fears, and anxieties over what the future might bring. I searched for his wisdom through prayer, for His guidance, and realized He was always there and with me. I was never alone, and now I know He will be with me forevermore.
Without Hope and a future, I found myself lost in a deep black hole that enveloped me and I could not climb out and see the light again; paralyzing thoughts and images, but very real. I felt completely devastated, consumed and overshadowed by the evil that had surrounded me. I worried about loved ones, their needs, and selfishly my own needs. I called on His help over and over again. When I stopped to really listen, I heard and felt His presence. He made me realize that there is always HOPE and with HOPE, a FUTURE. All we need to do is look and seek.
Dear Lord, I have passed another day, and thank you for your care. As darkness deepens, help me see the Hope and Future yet to come. Amen.