For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and future.”
This is a message of hope, to keep faith, a reminder that God has a plan no matter how far away we feel, how lost, alone or out of sorts.
In context, this was a small passage from a letter that Jeremiah sent to the people of Jerusalem who were taken captive into Babylon. To these prisoners taken far from their home, God’s message was clear. I HAVE A PLAN, DO NOT LOSE HOPE.
He also said for them to build houses, plant gardens, get married and have children, help them gow and marry and have children, to seek peace where he says, “…I have caused you to be carried away captive.” In other words, Bloom Where You are Planted, because God Planted You There.
So many times throughout the Bible we read about faith and trust, God’s plan, God’s will. When things feel difficult, overwhelming or just completely out of our understanding it’s easy to question and wonder is this God’s will? Is it in His plan
In that same letter, God says, “Call upon Me, pray to Me and I will listen… seek Me and you will find Me when you search wih all your heart and I will bing you back. I will bring you home.”
This is more than just a message of comfort or an encouragement to be steadfast and have hope. It is a promise. He knows our circumstances, no matter how difficult they are. He is not asking but telling us to settle where He has put us and wait for His time. He does not ask but tells us to go to Him in prayer, seek him in our Bibles, carry Him in our conversations and there we will find Him and when His timing is right, He promises to bring us home, no matter how far away we might be, how lost or lonely or how difficult the journey. Until then, we grow and bloom for Him.
LAST NOTE: Wherever you are, whatever you are going through, seek the Lord with all your heart, in prayer, in your Bible, in your fellowship with friends and family. If you are where God needs you, you will find the way to grow there and not diminish in Him. If this is not the place God has planned for you, He will take you away and put you where you are needed.