How often have we become so familiar with a passage that it becomes of little affect? Seeing it so often that it blends in with the painting on the wall or another object on a shelf. For me it was Jeremiah 29:11. The New American Standard Bible says, “for I know the plans that I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.” I have a plaque of this verse atop of my bookshelf right next to the Lord’s prayer. The latter of which I received as a birthday present a few years back.
This morning I awakened with so much on my mind that I immediately began writing in my journal. Coffee in hand I poured my heart out onto the page. Expressing both worry and doubt over my future, along with the anxiety of the direction of my blog. Not doubting my abilities just anxious and while the Bible tells us in Philippians to “be anxious for nothing…” This particular verse never crossed my mind last night.
Immediately after completing my journal entry I began my devotional time. As I turned the pages of my bible I began to pray and without thinking rattled off Jeremiah 29:11. It was then that I realized how senseless my worry and anxiety filled night had been. I’d forgotten in that brief span of time that God does have plans for my life. Plans to prosper me and not harm. Plans to give me hope and a future.
Have you forgotten how much you mean to God while dealing with a crisis? Remind yourself while looking at that plaque you purchased so long ago. Maybe it’s a memory card or bible art from your journal. Reflect upon why you bought or created it to begin with. Write a new entry in your journal reminding yourself of the item’s true intent and purpose. Afterwards, return it to its rightful place with the ability to see from brand new eyes.
May God‘s word continue to be a blessing in your life.