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?
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".