So we all start another year, and some of us will be making plans for the year ahead while others will prefer just to take life as it comes. Me? Any plans I make are ones that I try to hold onto lightly, and realise that I need to be welcoming of the unexpected events realising that these may be opportunities that God presents me.
So I share with you a poem that I picked up along the way, and which speaks to me.
We know not what tomorrow brings
... Although we plan ahead
For only God alone can know
... the pathway we must tread.
We cannot know the future
... not one minute nor one hour
Each circumstance that we must face
... lay only in His power.
It's vital that we live by faith
... from minute unto minute
And trusting that each step we take
... He's walking with us in it.
We cannot see the future
... nor the trials we must face
But in all things, God promised us
... sufficiency of grace.
This alone should give us hope
... whatever be our plans
In knowing that our future lies
... in His sweet, loving hands.
-Betty Purser Patten
I believe that the poet is correct, only God can know what lies ahead. Jeremiah said the same thing to his people who were in the midst of uncertainty.
“For I know the plans I have for you” declares the Lord
(Jer ch29 v11)
Jeremiah went on to explain that these plans were hatched by the Lord who loves to bless, and not to harm, by the Lord who forgives and awaits our turning again to him. So in line with our Verse for the Year, if we plan nothing else, let’s at least plan to “come near to God” in the 2019