A lady backed out of her parking place in a large mall during a blizzard and was having a difficult time seeing. A few feet from her car were the blinking lights of a snow plow. She decided to follow it, thinking it would take her safely to the exit.
After a few twists and turns the operator of the snow plow stopped, got out of his warm cab and went to the window of her car and asked, “Where are you going?”
“To the exit,” she answered.
“Well then,” he said, “don’t follow me. I’m only here to plow the parking lot.”
Everyone needs a leader to follow. As Christians, we are blessed to have a Leader who can lead us safely through life – One who knows what is best for us and believes in us and is a faithful encourager. The Christian’s Leader is one who knows our strength and weaknesses and will never call us to do what He knows is beyond our skills, abilities and potential to grow.
Jeremiah said, “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.” The Prophet here is assuring us that God has an individual plan for each of our lives and that it is a good plan and because of that, we can have faith in Him and be filled with hope for our future. Because God has planned our future, He knows what we will need to do what He will call us to do.
This does not mean that we will not have difficult days or trying times, that we will be spared hardships or heartaches. But it does mean that God will see us through pain and sorrow and lead us to victory. We have His promise that He will lead us through the valleys and shadows into His glorious presence.
Prayer: How thankful we are, Lord, that You have a plan that has been designed especially for each of us. May we be faithful to trust and follow You all the days of our lives. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Jeremiah 29:11 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.