I know what I'm doing.
I have it all planned out--
plans to take care of you,
not abandon you...
Jeremiah 29:11a (The Message)
If you have followed Jesus for any length of time you have a story of how God has taken care of you. I love when in conversation I hear the words, "it was a God-thing" because it means that in the telling of the story I will find encouragement, hope and praise. Through the telling of our God story we have the opportunity of pulling people from the "slough of despond", encouraging others as they begin following Jesus, or simply "standing in the congregation" acknowledging the faithfulness of God.
I encourage you to take time today and think specifically about a God-story you can tell. Carefully consider how you would tell the story so that it communicates well. Tell God of your willingness to share your experience with whoever He has in mind. Finally, be ready "in season and out" for the opportunity that arises.
We are God's gift to each other and He longs to hear us talk about how he has taken care of us.
Thank you God for knowing the plans you have for me so that even when I seem to be wandering you're still making sure I get to your destination.
It does not really matter, does it, how old we have grown. At some level we all want to be "taken care" of by someone bigger and wiser and more likely to pull us through safely to the other side of whatever landslide blocks our way. No matter how much God takes care of me, I still need more and more of his "care-taking." I am glad his never tires and glad he cannot fail. Still, I would like more courage to speak of his "care-taking" ability to others. I would like more courage to speak of his love and more faith to hold out hope of the morning Sun when fear strikes at 2 AM.
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