January 15, 2018
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (read 10-14)
I know, I know this verse is one that everyone knows whether they’re saved or not . It’s one that is used and used and over time eventually looses the “wow” factor of who the Lord is and eventually becomes dull to the heart, mind and soul. But the Lord!
Who would’ve known that exactly two years later after starting the training faze of IGNITE that I would be on a plane to Africa but not just for kicks and giggles but to be able to go with the same ministry and people who have become my family. To be able to take the media for the trip and share the stories, something the Lord has given me a deep desire for!
As we were flying on one of the many flights we had, I got up to stretch my legs and after standing for a few minutes the lady that was sitting next to me, who just so happened to be my best friend ,opens the window. She says to me “look! You can see the stars!” and me being me, rolls my eyes out of unbelief but I decided to look anyways. I was taken back! As I looked out the window they were there. Stars, I felt as if I could reach out and touch them. I stood in amazement for a couple seconds, sat back down and haven’t stopped thinking about them sense. The Lord used that moment to bring me back to the place where every little thing about the Lord amazes me. A place that my heart had been longing for! He made those stars with a single thought and He has done the same with His entire creation. I can’t help but be is awe of who my Father is!
Only the Lord knew that at the very moment that I am writing this I would be sitting next to the man I so dearly love and surrounded by people who I cant’ help but love with my whole heart. Back in Africa, a place that the Lord has allowed my heart to feel a love for the people that I cant help but be overly joyed with. A place that when I said “goodbye” the first time I never thought I would be blessed to visit again.
When reading these verses it’s difficult to not just say “yeah, yeah the Lord knows me and knows every single detail of my life” and then forget about it. But have you ever really sat down and not just looked back at your life but like REALLY looked and seen that the Lord really does piece together every little second and knows the steps you will take and the thoughts you will think? That He knows what your life is going to look like today, tomorrow, two years from now or ten years from now. He knows the days that you won’t want to get out of bed and the days that you will feel on top of the world. He knows!
To be completely honest life isn’t easy! The past month for me has been very difficult with being stressed but also very difficult with the Lord. Things just kept piling on, I felt like I was failing at every little thing and I couldn’t help but want to quit, BUT the Lord met me right where I needed to be met on that plane that was taking me back to a place that I had only dreamed of returning to. He knew that in that moment I would actually get it through my head that He really does know the plans for my life and out of His love for me it won’t always be easy to go where He wants me to go but in the end He knows that place I need to go is better than what I would have done on my own!
Go take a look at the stars, IT’S WORTH IT!