“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
As we drove, clouds filling the sky and rain splashing against the windshield, I thought to myself: I didn’t even bring an umbrella.
My husband and I were heading to a college football game two and half hours from our home. Before leaving, we checked the forecast and were assured the clouds would dissipate and the sun would come out by game time.
However, my faith in the forecast began to diminish the farther on our journey we traveled. Doubt dominated. Under such gloomy conditions, how could things clear within the next 45 miles and one hour’s time?
But I had consulted an authority – the National Weather Service. On the weather app on my phone, bright suns proliferated the rest of the day. I just had to believe.
Oh, Anna, of little faith!
During my 60-something years on this earth, I have endured many storms and much turbulence. I often didn’t have an umbrella during those circumstances either. But I have had the greatest shelter and authority – my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ – and I have remained confident the sun would shine again.
My belief always has been that If I stayed in the Word and kept my focus on Him, God would see me through hardships and grant me hope and a future.
I have seen some dark days, but God has assured me that He will safely carry me into the light. I just need to look toward the Lord and not dwell on the rain and clouds.
As all these thoughts were spinning through my head, I looked out of the car window. In the distance, I saw glimmers of blue sky and streaks of sunlight. By kickoff, I was reaching for my hat and sunglasses. Thank you, Lord!