Jeremiah 29:11 (Day 22/50)

What does the future hold? When my wife and I went through training to become Foster Parents with the MA Department of Children and Family we went through an exercise one evening to discuss the instability of a child’s life who is in DCF care. The Social workers who led the training asked us to think about where we would be in 24 hours, in one week, in one month, in one year, and in ten years.

The point of the exercise was to get us to think about how difficult life would be if you don’t know where you’re going to be over the next period of time. Children in DCF care don’t know what house they will be living in, who their care-givers will be, or even what town they will live in. Most of the people who read this blog live in pretty stable environments, but does anyone really know what life will be like in one year or more?

Most of us have an idea of what life will be like, but you never know when an accident will change things, or when the economy will shift, or if a career change might occur. One never knows when health will change, or when a loved one might move away. There are so many changes that could happen it’s hard to imagine exactly what life might look like in a year or more. There’s a radio commercial that says it well, “You never know when the day before is the day before a Category 5 tornado comes through and wipes out half of your town.”

Into this kind of changing and unstable world God offers a tremendous promise: “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.” This is a promise that you can hold tightly to when your life feels like it’s going in a million directions at once and you don’t know what is coming next. God has a wonderful future for you!

Dear Jesus, Thank you for planning my future for Good! Amen.

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