One of my favorite Bible verses is Jeremiah 29:11. As we consider springing ahead in hope, it’s essential to remain hopeful in the good plans God has for us.
“For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.”
We don’t always feel good as women, we’ve all had our fair share of bad days or unfavorable seasons. These moments, however, do not detract from God’s goodness or His ability to be sovereign. He is good in the midst of our bad situations because God’s will is not limited to the situations we face. He is greater. He is larger. He is sitting on a throne well above our perils. What looks like a lifetime is merely a moment to God because He sees in whole what we see in part. He is capable of using the bad experience for our ultimate good even when it seems bleak and dismal.
“And we know that all things work together for good God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” -Romans 8:28
John 5:17, “In his defense Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working.” The plans God declared to possess was spoken about generations prior to this statement and it’s proof that God is forward thinking. He is, in every way our human limitations don’t allow us to be, omnipotent. His plans spans generations, crosses physical boundaries and surpasses our souls. God hasn’t asked us to do anything He hasn’t done Himself or illustrated through His Son. His work should encourage us to work hard at being faithful and being hopeful, trusting that God has good things in store for us.
Our hope, then, is in this: God is working His plans of good into our lives. The season of Winter shifting into Spring is a great reminder that hard times don’t last forever. The soil that was once frozen is now soft and palpable allowing for the deep rooted seeds to emerge. And wasn’t it God who spoke this earthly cycle into order in the book of Genesis? Yes, yes it was. So, if God can plan for the Earth to renew itself, can He plan for your broken heart to be renewed? For your empty marriage to be renewed? For your career to be renewed? For your confidence to be renewed? Mark 10:27 says, “Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.”
It is possible, to live with hope every day because God has plans for you. No, we may not see it blooming just yet, but faithful is the Earth in blossoming its plants and faithful is our God who holds the world in His hand.
May you spring up in hope and shine brightly knowing that with God all things are possible. May this hope anchor you today and always.