I don't know about you, but this virus we are dealing with is sure challenging us all to keep our feet on the ground. Life as we have known it has changed. It is in times like this that we are reminded God is in control. There is a word that is never in God's vocabulary and it is the word OOPS.
Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) says. . .
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.
In my home hangs a plaque with the words from Jeremiah 29 reminding me that God has a plan for my life that is far greater than anything I can ever imagine or dream for myself. Sometime I walk through trials in my life and wonder HOW will God ever use this to prosper me, but he always does.
I was talking to one of our members the other day going through a tough time and ran across this story--
"The only survivor of a shipwreck was washed up on a small, uninhabited island. He prayed feverishly for God to rescue him. Every day he scanned the horizon for help, but none seemed forthcoming. Exhausted, he eventually managed to build a little hut out of driftwood to protect him from the elements, and to store his few possessions. One day, after scavenging for food, he arrived home to find his little hut in flames, with smoke rolling up to the sky. He felt the worst had happened, and everything was lost. He was stunned with disbelief, grief, and anger. He cried out, 'God! How could you do this to me?' Early the next day, he was awakened by the sound of a ship approaching the island! It had come to rescue him! 'How did you know I was here?' asked the weary man of his rescuers. 'We saw your smoke signal,' they replied. The Moral of This Story: It's easy to get discouraged when things are going bad, but we shouldn't lose heart, because God is at work in our lives, even in the midst of our pain and suffering. Remember that the next time your little hut seems to be burning to the ground. It just may be a smoke signal that summons the Grace of God. "
I don't know exactly how this is going to turn out, but God does. When we stop and look in our rear view mirror we will hopefully see what God is up to. God has a wonderful plan for your life. it may seem dark now, but the SON will come up again and take HIS place in our world.
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