“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
When I moved into my Boynton Beach apartment, I had great intentions when it came to gardening. So, I bought a honeysuckle that reminded me of Baba’s. I chose the perfect spot, tried digging a hole, and planted it firmly in its new home. After a period, however, it became clear that the bush was not going to make it. Maybe it wasn’t deep enough, got too much harsh Florida sun, or I didn’t water it enough. Regardless, the bush died.
I did what any amateur gardener would do: I pulled it out of the ground and threw it out on the curb. But when trash day arrived, I discovered that on the curb was a beautifully blooming honeysuckle. I’d given up too soon.
Jeremiah 29 is a letter written to people who had been taken into captivity not too unlike my bush. They weren’t living the lives they had envisioned. It was as if someone had uprooted them from their carefully chosen spot in the sun and transplanted them into unfamiliar and undesirable territory. Yet, in that wasteland, Jeremiah wrote to them about the Lord’s plan for their lives, about a future and a hope. In fact, they were instructed to grow in that foreign land.
Life rarely goes according to our plans. Circumstances change, and in an instant, we can find ourselves in unfamiliar territory. Or maybe just New York. It’s not God’s plan for us to wither away. Even when we are far from home, God’s desire is that we continue to grow.
Take time to thank God his week for His plans for you. Plans that include hope and a future – no matter where you are at this moment.