Words from the Heart for Wednesday July 7th, 2021
For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.
Jeremiah 29:11 (NRSV)
This past May, a top U.S. Democrat called on Canadian and U.S. officials to release their plans to safely reopen the border to non-essential travel after more than a year of pandemic-related shutdowns. U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer called for a “transparent, bilateral, and public plan” based on public health data and guidance, with specific standards, protocols, and metrics for reopening the border, to be released as soon as possible. A bi-national plan with clearly defined benchmarks will provide clarity and transparency to a confusing and frustrating process.”
In so many areas of life, well laid plans are critical. In his inimitable way, Yogi Berra said this: “You’ve got to be very careful if you don’t know where you are going, because you might not get there.” Strangely, he is right. If you don’t make a plan, how will you know where you are going, or where you will end up? Wise people have long made plans, and put steps in place to see their plans come to pass. But for those of us who belong to Jesus Christ, we are called to bring our plans into line with the plan God has for our lives. And He has one. At a time when the people of Israel were in captivity in Babylon, the Lord gives to them a wonderful promise. In Jeremiah 29:11 we read: “’For surely I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord, ‘plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.’” What a blessing to know that God has a plan for your life and for mine. He knows what’s best. Our role is to discern God’s plan and to bring our lives in line with it.
These have been words from the heart.