“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.” Jeremiah 29:11 

My grandchildren are 9 1/2, 11 and 12. They are the two most beautiful young ladies and one handsome young man the world has even seen. Two love to read, one not so much. Two love to watch Dr. Who; they all love to play Pokemon. Their parents were born yesterday, I think. I (and the other parents) was as proud of them and I was of mine. I knew they would be smart, savvy and successful adults. I raised them to love the Lord, I prayed for them. I had big plans for the, just as, I am sure, they have plans for my grandchildren. Today’s dreams are to become a power hitter in MLB, to be a vet, and to read every book of interest to her in the Library of Congress.

I’m sure when I was born my parents had plans for me (of course as times were rather different then), wife and mother plans. Well, I became both but the plans I followed were mine, not theirs. Sadly, even though I have been a Christian for most of my life, they weren’t God’s either. God never would have planned for me to marry the wrong man, at way too young an age. Nor would he have planned for me to marry a closet addict who would threaten my life multiple times, physically abuse me, and emotionally tear me to pieces. They were fruits of my bad decisions; I’m not proud of them but they are mine to own.

The confusing thing to me is how we justify verses like Jeremiah 29:11 and the messes that Christians find themselves in. Then I think about the plans my parents had for me, those I had for my kids, those my kids have for their kids … good plans, prosperous plans, safe plans. I’m certain there are some Christians who follow the urgings of the Holy Spirit from the day of their conversion, I know parents whose children seem to follow the “dream plans” of their parents but are they many?

In order for us, even as Christians, to return the love of God we must have free will. People with free will must choose to listen to their grandparents, their parents AND their God. Not until I totally surrendered my life to the Lord and tuned in to His voice, both in my heart and in the Word, could I truly see His plans for me. I still wander off the path once in a while but I hear His voice and sense His presence … shouting, “This is NOT my plan!” To follow or not to follow is my choice…

God’s got a plan. A plan for each man,

It’s good and it’s honest and true!

But one has to listen, give Him control,

And be willing His wishes to do!


Unless noted, scripture is NIV ©1984 Int’l Bible Society

Hugs +/or ChIPS ©3/05 Eleanor J. Gale-Boone

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