A Plan and a Promise


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

It's so easy to get caught up in the things we don't like about our lives, isn't it? It's so easy to ask God why --

  • Why must we struggle financially?
  • Why can't my job be less stressful?
  • Why can't life be less "busy"?
  • Why must I struggle with this illness?  disease?  loss of a loved one?
The questions can go on and on.

What we fail to see, though, is that while today, tomorrow, next month, or next year may be less than ideal.... there is a purpose for it all.  We get so wrapped up in the day-to-day, that we fail to realize there is a bigger picture.  A bigger picture that may never be fully defined for us, but a bigger picture nonetheless.  A bigger picture that God sees and that God leads us toward each and everyday if we will only follow.

It is that picture for which I am thankful this week.  I might not always like where God has me at any given moment -- it may be hard and it may not be fun -- but I know that His plans have a purpose that promises me hope and prosperity.  I may never know the full "big picture", but I can rest assured that God knows and that I can trust Him regardless of where I may be in the "day-to-day".

What are you thankful for today? Join us in sharing our thanksgivings this week by visiting Laurie at "Women Taking a Stand".

5 Thoughts Shared:

Sandy said...

Melanie, Thank YOU SO much for this, and for your comments to me.
Your post speaks exactly how I feel. I know God has a big picture in mind. . .just wish I could see it now.
Thank you, again!

More Than Conquerors said...

Hi Melanie,

It is truly a great comfort that God's plans for us is always good and gives us hope for a blessed future, no matter what we are going through. We may not understand it but we can trust in His love and His promises. Thanks for sharing with us. Thanks for your visit too. Take care and Happy Thankful Thursday.

Warm regards,

Joan said...

Yes, it is so easy to get caught up in the "whys" or "what ifs". But we can rest assured that God causes all things to work together for our good and He has plans for our lives.

Have a blessed day!


Shelby said...

Loved this post, Melanie. You hit right where I'm living these days. Like you, I am learning to be thankful in the big picture.

Barbara said...

thank you so much, this is a great post, and I love seeing those give God the glory, hope you stop by and see what I am thankful for at my blog too, my new friend the door is always open, and the tea is cool, lots of hugs Barbara from