“‘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, NIV.
We thought it may never get here, but springtime has finally arrived. This week, I drove to my home in Bethany Beach. My family and I all agree that our house on the shores of Delaware is our favorite place in all of the world to be. Something about looking out over the ocean which appears to have no end offers a sense of serenity that’s hard to find anywhere else. I feel so small by comparison in the vastness of it all, and yet, not insignificant; all part of God’s amazing creation. In this place, getting lost in the more profound thoughts of the heart is easy for one like me, a hopeless romantic and dreamer.
This month marks four years since my husband, Richard passed away. He especially loved being on the shore. Not a day goes by that I don’t feel the emptiness caused by his absence. With the passing of time, the void seems only to intensify. But also in time comes a sense of peace, rooted in the knowledge and belief that because of Jesus we will see each other again. When that day comes, our vision will be through the eyes of God’s infinite glory; no more sickness or bodies ravaged from the elements of time and the environment.
For now, however, I remain here because God is not finished with me, and all power rests in His hands alone. What does the future hold? I don’t know, but I long to be fully committed to and excited about the gift of life He has given to me. Just as God’s faithfulness controls the oceans, and He knows every grain of sand, so He also knows you and me. God’s power is immeasurable, and His promises are trustworthy and overflowing with truth. God’s love has no end!
Will you trust God with your future, starting today?