Jeremiah 29: 11

“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 a future.”

This verse has been resonating with me for the past month or so.  I have felt stuck, I guess you could say, in a rut.  I’ve spoken about it in past posts.  I feel stuck and I want to move forward in my life but I feel like something is holding me back.  Like I am running as fast as I can toward change but something has a hold of the back of my shirt holding me in place, so I am just basically spinning my wheels.  It is a frustrating feeling.  I give my concerns to God and I ask Him for clarity on what I am suppose to do with my life.  As I am waiting, this verse, Jeremiah 29:11 speaks to me.  Even though I am waiting and can sometimes grow frustrated, He still is working behind the scenes, because He knows the plans He has for me!  I don’t have to worry because His plans for me are good…plans for me to prosper and not be harmed, and my most favorite part, He has plans to give me hope and a future!  He’s got this!

I’ve heard different sermons preached recently that speak of waiting on the Lord and trust the process that He is bringing you through.  I’m not big on waiting.  I’m more the type of person that if what I want doesn’t happen immediately, or at least relatively soon, I lose interest and move on.  I’m almost 40 years old and that is still how I am!  I can feel that God is trying to slow me down right now so that I don’t run past what it is He is trying to teach me.  I pray to Him daily for insight and wisdom as to His plan for me so that I am sure to learn these life changing lessons.  I keep writing these posts, which are a therapy for me but I hope they will also be an encouragement to those reading them who may be going through the same things that I am.

There is another verse in Jeremiah that has been speaking to me as well…Jeremiah 29: 14 – “I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity.”

What I love about this verse is that God is promising that when I seek Him I WILL find Him and He will rescue me!  The word that this brings to mind is FREEDOM!  Freedom from what?  It could be freedom from worry, freedom from indecision, freedom from boredom, freedom from being a victim to lies, freedom from living in fear, freedom from the job you don’t like, freedom from feeling inadequate, and the list could go on and on.  All of those things listed are things that I have dealt with at one point or another and sometime still do deal with!  Whenever I start to feel any of those things weighing on me I press closer to God and let Him know how I’m feeling.  It is amazes me how quickly He comes to my rescue.  At this time in my life I am dealing with an intense feeling of inadequacy that blankets multiple areas of my life: my parenting, my job, and my ability to be a good friend are the main areas.  Instead of letting this feeling of inadequacy inhabit all of my thoughts I will tell God how I am feeling and ask Him to deliver me from it.  Then I will ask for clarity on how to change those areas in my life for the better.  He’ll deliver because He always does!  I am looking to the future to the time when I feel confident in these areas, or at least a little less inadequate.  I know though that Victory is mine because God promised me hope and a future and I know for a fact that He doesn’t have a future planned for me where I feel trapped and unhappy.  My future is bright and full and is going to bring glory to God’s name!

For anyone who is dealing with any of the feelings I wrote about in this post please know that you do not have to remain prisoner to them.  Seek God and you WILL find Him and He will rescue you!  Leave a comment below and let me know if there is a particular area that you need prayer for.  I would love to join you in asking God for deliverance.  I appreciate you taking the time to read my post.  Enjoy your day!