Archive for August 2014
It is that time of the year when high school seniors are busy preparing graduation announcements, signing year books and discussing future plans. What a busy but exciting time! My oldest will be entering the 11th grade so I realize we are very close to this pivotal point in life as well, but I admit I am NOT ready! I am still getting used to the idea of her driving on her own!
I can still remember a history teacher I had in high school who signed my year book and included the verse Jeremiah 29:11 that reads, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
That verse has since become a favorite and one that I often whisper into the ear of a friend or one of our precious youth who may be struggling with the uncertainty of their future. My Momma would often say “I don’t know what the future holds, but I know who holds the future!” God’s Word reminds us of this truth my sweet mother shared.
You see I know I often imagine these grand plans in my mind of how I think my life should be, and yet the reality is God’s plan will always be better than anything I could ever create myself! I may have a “good” plan and since we serve a God who allows our free will to reign, He will allow my plan in my life, BUT I want God’s BEST plan for my life! Let’s not allow our good plan for our lives to be an enemy of God’s best for us! He will reveal His plans to us as we spend time with him daily through prayer and meditating on His Word!
“Father, thank you for your Word that reminds me that you DO want the best for me and my life. I will stumble and fall short, but your Grace is new each day, and I am SO grateful for that truth! I ask you to ordain my steps so that I might strive for the best life you have for me, not the good life my flesh strives to achieve. I will give you honor and glory always. In His name I pray…Amen.”
I was intently listening to the beautiful voice of my sweet friend who was singing like an angel as usual in our worship service that morning; lost in my own moment of rejoicing. Then out of the corner of my eye I saw a small figure moving toward the front of the church, and I realized it was a young boy just 7 years who felt compelled to come forward and pray during the song. Sitting on the third row I could easily see the emotion on this little boy’s face as he fell to his knees visibly moved by the song, but more so I believe by the Holy Spirit moving in him. Somehow I felt like I was at that moment, privy to a glimpse into the heart of Jesus. You see this little boy we have grown to love dearly also has Down’s syndrome, and I can recall praying over him with several other brothers and sisters in Christ when he was just a new baby asking God to use him in a mighty way.
Often I must admit over the years I’ve had such compassion and concern for this child who the world may view as weaker due to the health challenges he struggles with daily, but in this blessed moment he seemed to me to be the strongest person in the room as he reached for a tissue by the stairs before he stood up once again. His face was red and stained with tears, but he looked up toward the ceiling of the church as if he was looking right into Heaven, and he simply smiled toward the ceiling before returning to his seat.
I am reminded of the words of Jesus Himself when he said, “Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:4
Somewhere along the way toward adulthood, we begin to believe that we can rely on our own abilities, talents, education, or influence to enable us to be successful…to be considered great. When I think of a child, and especially an infant, I think of a helpless little person whose needs are entirely dependent on the person who cares for him. Oh how true this is with our Creator!
“Father, let me remember that you are the only one in whom I can trust for all of my needs, and yet you are more than sufficient! May I be like a little child totally dependent on you for all things even when my circumstances may not make sense to me. I choose to trust you in all things! In Jesus name…Amen.”