As we leave another unpredictable year and enter into an unknown 2022, it is helpful to remember that God has a plan for our lives and Jermiah 29:11 is a reminder of the promise he has for us.
“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)
For the past two years, COVID 19 has changed the world we have come to know and love. It has affected nearly every aspect of lives, from work and school, the way we interact and spend time together, to everyday activities like getting groceries, what to wear, and how we interact with one another. I think it’s safe to say that this illness has not only threatened our physical health, but our mental, social, and emotional well-being as well. The actions we’ve taken to stay safe during this time such as social distancing, isolating, and wearing masks, can leave us feeling lonely and depressed.
So how do we enter a new year with hope when we are dealing with the same struggles from the past year? Knowing and believing that there is something bigger than ourselves that cannot be seen with the human eye, gives us hope that whatever is happening is for our greater good.
Jeremiah 29:11 was spoken to people in the midst of hardship and suffering; people who were likely desiring an immediate rescue, just like us. But God’s response was not to provide immediate escape from their situation. Rather, God promises that He has a plan to prosper them amid their circumstances. We can halt the plans that God has for us by doubting that good things can happen. When we BELIEVE, we are opening doors for miracles to arrive.
As we enter 2022, hold on to the promise that God made to us. We can take comfort in knowing that God promises to be there for us in these times of uncertainty. The verses immediately following Jeremiah 29:11, God declares through Jeremiah that when you “call on me and come and pray to me… I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 19:12-13).
The year move out of self-doubt, self-denial, and self-pity BELEIVING that God has a plan. Let go of the ego driven beliefs of man and embrace the faith in our Father, the almighty!
My intention this year is simple- trust and enter into an even stronger relationship with GOD and connect with his plan for my life!
What is your intention for 2022?
Sending love and hand hugs your way for a positive New Year!
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