Tuesday, April 4, 2017

I've Got This!

I'm still in this "wait and see" space. I'm calm on the outside, but my internal engine has gone from idling to revving. Now, we're past my original closing date by five days, and we're waiting for the insurance company to provide their cost estimates for the repairs on my soon-to-be home. I know my waiting is trivial compared to those who are waiting on the results of a medical test or the couple waiting for the phone call that says "You've been approved to adopt" or for the job offer or for that college scholarship.

Trusting in God's perfect timing is our part, because this delay is no surprise to Him. He's proven time and again that "changing my plans and my timing" is often His mode of operation. Jeremiah 29:11 is a scripture we often quote to reassure each other that God has great things in store for us "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.” The words we like to emphasize in that scripture are: prosper, hope, future. But I believe the most reassuring words are those before the first comma. "FOR I KNOW THE PLANS I HAVE FOR YOU". It's like Him saying "I've got this. Leave the driving to Me. I know what's best, and when it's best."

We are all in need of God’s guidance in our lives—when to move forward, when to slow down, when to wait, when to say “yes” and when to say “no.” The most important thing in knowing God’s guidance is not about knowing a formula, but knowing God; not about hearing opinions, but hearing God’s voice; not about striving, but resting in God’s wise and wonderful will.

o I purposely affirm my faith in His PERFECT plan:
~ I don’t know the next step on the path, but I know the Guide. Psalm 32:8 "I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you."
~ I don’t know the next chapter in the book of my life of faith, but I know the Author and Finisher. Hebrews 12:2 "fixing our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith..."
~ I don’t know the best decision to make, but I know the Counselor. Isaiah 9:6 "And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."
~ I don’t know how the need will be met, but I know the Provider .Philippians 4:19 "And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory."of his glory in Christ Jesus."
~ I know the One in whom I trust. 2 Timothy 1:12 " I know Whom I have believed, and am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him."

With all those assurances, I'm quite confident in saying "He not only knows the plans that He has for you and me, but He will most certainly make sure those plans come to pass!"