Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Captive & Content

Jeremiah 29:11: "For I know the plans I have for you," says the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

One day I'm going to get a new laptop, but in the meantime, I'm trying to be content with what I have. Often when I'm typing, the cursor jumps to an entirely different location--kind of like life does sometimes.

Have you ever found yourself in circumstances you didn't plan on? It reminds me of what God told the Israelites in Jeremiah 29. They had been taken captive to Babylon. I'm sure they didn't want to be there. However, God told them to build houses, settle down, pray for the blessings of God on that place, and trust His plan.

My friend, Katie, is in the hospital. She's pregnant and for the safety of her little girl may have to stay there until her birth--which could be a long while. She could be complaining, but instead she is looking at the bigger picture, wondering how God is going to use her situation for her good.

Yesterday I visited Katie to bring her a little sunshine. I was extremely fatigued when I got there, but I left refreshed and able to conquer the rest of my day. She encouraged me instead.

I'm sure Katie is a favorite of all the nurses on staff there. If she can't change her location, she will change the atmosphere around her. She's settling in and making the most of every opportunity that comes her way.

If Katie can be content, can't I do the same? It kind of puts things in perspective. After all, Jeremiah 29:11 tells me He has plans for me that will give me a hope and a future. I just have to trust Him.

1 comment:

  1. Wow! Your blog helped me get up off the curbside of life and get back on the road of life. My attitude regarding the next week or so (see my facebook status) has been to just get through each day and survive. Thanks to your reminder, GOD does have a plan and a purpose. I know that, but SELF has a habit of stepping in and playing it's sad violin melody!