Rowena Gebretensae 04/09/20
Trust: The Long Road Ahead
Jeremiah 29:11 “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.”
Whenever we embark on a new journey or a life changing decision, as Christians, we normally utter the same well-known proverb of “everything being in God’s plan.” Sometimes those words are helpful, as they bring a sense of security, but after a while they start to fall on deaf ears. With a lot of change happening amongst us, whether that’s a new school, or a new job or even a completely new city, it’s important to fully understand what we mean when we say everything is in God’s plan.
As humans, we have our own ideas of what is best for us and what we want for our futures but our plans are flawed, as they lack the knowledge of God. Throughout the bible, God is described as our Father, a parental figure, and similarly to a parental figure, God guides us on the path He deems correct for us. Contrarily, as children, we have our own ideas of what
we view as good for us, but God holds knowledge and understanding that we don’t. He has a greater understanding of our future, of what our “perfect” path may lead to, so His plans for us may contradict our vision for ourselves. And, sometimes, that’s super frustrating. However, when we fully realise the enormity of God’s wisdom, that’s when our plan for ourselves become insignificant against the greater works God has in store for us.
Once we’ve accepted that God’s plan for us is far greater than we imagined, trusting in God’s plan is our next hurdle. Going back to the parental figure analogue, we’ve probably all been in the car with our parents, driving to an unknown destination, with many questions, “Are we nearly there yet? How long left? Where are we going?” But we trust our parents. We know our parents would never take us somewhere unsafe, they want the best for us. So, despite not knowing where we’re heading, we put our trust in our parents to, not only get us to our destination, but for our destination to be good. And the same can be said for God’s plan for us.
Yes, there may be some uncertainty in where God is taking us, and yes God may not answer all of our questions, but we can rest assured that wherever He is taking us is good. The journey may also be long and tiring, riddled with traffic and road works, but you will eventually reach your destination. Remember the story of Joseph, a young boy bullied and sold into slavery by his brothers and wrongfully sent to prison, yet he became the prime minister of Egypt. God’s plan for us won’t happen overnight and we may face hardships but, again, we will reach our destination.
During this journey you may get restless and argue with your parents about your journey and the significance of your destination. Many famous figures in the bible argued with God and his plan for them. Moses debated with God’s plan for him to confront Pharaoh and liberate the Israelites, but, because Moses eventually trusted in God’s plan, he saw his destination, the Promised Land, on Mount Nebo.
You may also fall asleep on this journey, not observing what’s going on around you but we should not fall asleep when following God’s plan for us. We should learn and observe our surroundings to strengthen our knowledge and to admire God’s creation. Sleeping through the journey may make the journey feel shorter but it takes the enjoyment out of the whole experience.
Isaiah 40:31 reads “but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” When we trust and hope in God’s plan for us he will, not only aide us on our journey and guide us to our destination, He will strengthen us, for the plan of the Lord is much greater than we can even imagine.
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