I KNOW THE PLANS…
By Lori Willard
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.
And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.”
Jeremiah 29:11-13 NKJV
Peace – what a sought after state of being! How do we get that “peace”?
The Prince of Peace – Jesus, the One who imparts peace to us that is available to us all the time! “…Jesus (My Peace) IN ME the hope of glory.” (My Peace and emphasis added) Colossians 1:27 NKJV
God is in the midst of our storms – “God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved (shaken); God shall help her, just at the break of dawn.” Psalm 46:5 NKJV
“You need to go to the hospital! No messing around! I’m taking you to get you checked out – NOW!!! What a friend, Laurie Nash! Pastor Paul, and many other dear family and friends, gathered around while I was at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale, Minnesota for three days! I am so thankful to all!
I was the only driver as my friend, Myrtle, and I were driving across country from Everett, Washington to Plymouth, Minnesota for the All Boards meeting last September. I thought I was 20 years old again, but my driver’s license says otherwise!
I had a strange numbness going on in my face and I felt a tad confused. We were out in the middle of the country, in the vast darkness of the night in Montana. Thoughts came to me, “What do I do?” I continued to drive and I cried out to God, in my mind, so as to not startle my friend, “JESUS! MAKE IT STOP!!!”
When diagnosed, I had no symptoms, other than elevated blood pressure. Test after test proved all was well! DIAGNOSIS: TIA – mini stroke; however, tests showed I had a chronic stroke patch that did not have “a date stamp” on it! Which was it?! Hmmm…did God spare me either way?! YESSSSS!!! Praise His name!!!
Back home, my Naturopathic Doctor commented while in her examining room, “How are you doing with your devotions?” I mentioned I had a busy summer which included much travel, so I was in and out of consistency like a bad radio station! She said, “Do I need to write out a prescription for you to do devotions 20-30 minutes a day!?! I laughed and said, “Oh! No ma’am!” Then silence for a while as I pondered with a reply, “Well…maybe so and I will place it on my refrigerator!”
You see, the Lord was pounding into my heart – A WAKE UP CALL – the importance of not doing things “MY WAY”!!! He made it CLEAR that was PRIDEFUL!!!
Now that life has settled down and my blood pressure is back to normal, the Lord is making things very clear that I don’t need to be in control - HE DOES!!! I don’t have all the answers – HE DOES!!!
His thoughts towards us are for PEACE – not evil!
- AN ALL ENCOMPASSING PEACE!
- AN INCREDIBLE FUTURE!
- A SOLID HOPE!
All He asks for us is:
- To call on Him – even if it is a “crying out”!
- To pray to Him!
He promises us that:
- He will listen!
If we search for Him will all our hearts:
- Through devotions and other Bible-based ways such as church, Bible studies, Christian radio, etc.,
- We WILL find HIS WILL for us, so…
We WILL NOT be in control, HE WILL, as we know Him and His ways every day, every minute every second, and with every breath!
Thank you, Lord, for YOUR PLANS as we navigate this life! Amen.