Today's Dash of Salt devotion is a continuation of Dash 014 - "My Problem". Thanks again Sis. Wade for your encouragement.
Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
The Bible Says... “’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’.”
Just a Dash
No matter how big or small the project or occasion, I love to plan. I enjoy planning events, meals, activities, lessons, and I especially love planning DSM content. I have notebooks and scraps of paper overflowing with plans and ideas for various projects because the creative process is thrilling for me. Making plans gives me something to anticipate.
However, no matter how carefully I prepare, something always throws off my plans. I planned to graduate college in 2011 and now I’m 12 years into a four year degree. I planned to never get married or have children and this year I celebrated my 6th anniversary and our daughter will be 2 in October. After maternity leave, I planned to be working a full time job where my experience and creativity would be an asset, but the rejection emails continue to flood my inbox. It gets discouraging and I find myself asking God more and more why none of my plans are working out. One day, He answered loud and clear, “because I am not at the center of your plans”…so I changed course. I asked God to be a part of my plans. Nothing changed. Finally, while preparing this week’s Dash of Salt, it hit me: If God is at the center of my plans, then those plans become His plans. I need to ask God to be a part of His plan.
A Pinch More
In Jeremiah 29, the Jews’ plans were changed. God exiled them in Babylon after generations of rebellion against Him. God sent word to them, through the prophet Jeremiah, to settle in Babylon – build homes, plant gardens, have children and see that those children would marry. God's plan required that the Jews take up residence in exile for 70 years! Often, what we view as a problem is just a part of God’s plan. The reason we don’t recognize this is because we have been out of communication with God and haven’t consulted Him about our plans.
The Jews’ plans were thrown off for 70 years because they didn’t heed God’s plan. God's plan for the Jews was to fulfill a promise He had already made them. Often times, we're so focused on our plans that we forget God's promise. Even though the Jews were exiled and their plans were halted, God did not forget, nor forsake them. In fact, because of His grace, God promises the Jews that He would return them to their land and laid out His plans for them (Jeremiah 29:10-14 NIV).
As you're reading verses 10-14, notice how in God's plan, He is at the center of it all. He tells the Jews what He will do for them and what their role is in His plan. In God's plan for the Jews, they are seeking Him out and asking of Him. Likewise, God's plans for us involve us seeking out and asking of Him and Him showing up and providing for us.