There Is Power In Understanding There Is A Plan For Our Life By: Tamika Burgess
“‘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
A few years ago my mom sent me this Bible verse via text message and it has stayed with me ever since. It has become my go-to verse; the one I recite when I consider giving up. I have this verse written on various post-it notes in different places, including my wallet. It also hangs on my bedroom wall. This verse is in random places because I love reading it, especially when I need some encouragement.
There have been several times in my life when I’ve felt like I was doing something in vain, or I was working toward something that seemed far-fetched. In those difficult and discouraging moments, Jeremiah 29:11 has sparked motivation and pushed my creative juices to flow again.
My faith in God is very important to me and is something I hold closely. In all major life changing decisions I have consulted the Lord first and got the answers I needed. There have also been times when I didn’t pray about a situation, but it worked out anyway. When this happens I always think, “Did I pray about this?” And then I remember God is constantly looking out and opening the right doors for me. I know when things happen “naturally” in my eyes, it’s actually God who is making things happen on my behalf.
But there are those times when I forget this and get discouraged. And that’s when Jeremiah 29:11 comes into play. “For I know the thoughts I have for you.” Before I was even a twinkle in my parent’s eyes, God knew me and already created a path for my life. So when things seem to be flowing nicely for me, I know God is moving me where He wants me to be. God doesn’t work in mysterious ways, HE knows exactly what He is doing.
“…plans to prosper you and not to harm you…” When I go through hard times or struggle with life, I think to myself, “Why do I have to go through this? Lord, why aren’t you protecting me from this?” But I know I have to go through a test in order to have a testimony. And although that is not the first thing that comes to mind during a test, Jeremiah 29:11 reminds me that the Lord is not trying to harm me. He wants to prosper me. And sometimes the only way for me to prosper and become stronger is to go through some tough experiences.
“…plans to give you hope and a future.” One of the main things that always consumes my thoughts is my future. I constantly worry about the choices I’m currently making and how they could negatively or positively shape my future. But just as important as the beginning of this verse is, these last eight words are really what does it for me. They remind me to not focus so much on what is next and what is to come. Because if I am praying for things to happen and God is answering, then my future will be fine. Especially because the hope He has for me is just that, His. And God has instilled that hope in me, thus making it my hope too. And because God is perfect, His hope for me is too. So if I continue to walk with Him then, just as His word says, he will give me hope and a future. Therefore, there is absolutely no reason for me to be worried and stressed about the outcome of anything in my life. God is in control of my future, and all the hopes that I have for it.
I encourage you to find a Bible verse or quote that can continually motivate, inspire, and encourage you in all aspects of your life. Having a few words of wisdom can go a long way when times get hard. Besides it being helpful, it can be that single ray of light in your otherwise dark or dismal situation.
Tamika Burgess is a NYC-based writer, blogger, and editor. She’s written for Cosmopolitan, Clutch Magazine, Fearless Leon, and Write Naked among other publications. To read more of her work visit her blog, The Essence of Me.