The Underlying Plan

 For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.  Jeremiah 29:11

Do you ever read this Bible text and think "Excellent! Lord, since you know the plan will you please lay it out for me so I know what we are doing?" I used to look at this text and think that the plan was a single thing that God had in mind and it was all tied up in a neat bow.

Over the years I have come to realize that the plan was a journey. The ultimate goal is a relationship with Jesus. That doesn't happen in a moment. It happens over a lifetime. A lifetime of ups and downs and ins and outs. A lifetime full of mistakes and successes and laughter and tears.

What does that mean?  It means that as we walk this path, travel on this journey, it was still all part of the plan God had for us. Sometimes the journey is hard. During those times, lean in to Jesus. When you stumble, hold on. And when you are laughing so hard the tears are rolling down your cheeks, give thanks. Every moment of your life is part of the plan. Embrace it.

Because it is ultimately God's plan, when you get to the end of the journey and you are face to face with Jesus, you will know it was worth it.