Saturday, April 9, 2016

An Oldie But A Goodie

The Lord has shown me a lot lately, and a lot of it has been revealed through Scriptures I'm not super familiar with that He just brings to my mind and I have to go look up and read what it says. And so I am ashamed to admit that last weekend when I was praying and Jeremiah 29:11 popped into my head, my first thought was, "No, I know that verse. That's not from the Lord."

Then I stopped myself. REALLY? It's a verse I know so well. I've had it memorized for who knows how long, it's the theme verse for my mom's preschool at FBC, and I'm pretty sure I have it on a t-shirt back home. But in that moment, I actually took the time to stop and think about that verse, and what it meant to me. Here's what it says:

A lot of my prayers recently, and things God has been revealing, have been centered around the future (but that's a whole different blog post for another day). And typically for me, worry accompanies thoughts about the future. And so the Lord brought me to this verse, a verse I almost blew over because it's so common, to tell me to TRUST Him and HOPE in Him, because He has a great plan for my future.

How many times do we do that, just blow over a verse because we've heard it a million times, or had it memorized since we were 5 years old? I don't hate much, but I hate that! Those verses that we hear all the time are because they are AWESOME verses, and we memorize them because they are perfect PROMISES that we need to remember! 

-End Soap Box Rant-

Anyways, thinking on this verse and everything the future will bring, I realized that He didn't just give this verse to me personally, but it was for all of our "team." We all have future things we're worried about right now that comes with the "changing of the guard" for a new school year. So I gave this verse with accompanying notes to all the American teachers and the ministry director.

But the Lord wasn't going to let me forget this verse too easily. It was still on my mind as we started another week of school with an awesome spiritual conference on Monday, and on Thursday, when the Lord maybe thought I was starting to forget about His promises for my future, it showed up in my email inbox. (Side Note: I've decided the Lord uses my email to speak to me, but again, that's a different blog post for another day.)

The email simply had the Jeremiah 29:11 verse, and underneath it said:

Be encouraged today...

Your greatest days are not behind you;
they are ahead of you!

Encouragement. Another thing I had been needing recently. 

The Lord's plans for my future are so much better than anything I've already experienced in the past. The days are just going to keep getting better and better. And what more could I ask for my future than that?


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