I start putting away the Christmas decorations and look forward to things returning to normal. But what is normal? January always finds me making resolutions.
Every year, I do the same thing: I plan to finish what I started, lose weight and spend more time with the family. As usual, these resolutions remind me of my past failures. I think I need a new normal.
So, this morning I decided to seek some guidance in Holy Scripture. I’m reminded of Jeremiah 29-11.
He Knows the Plans
“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 NIV
I remember how important these words were when my children graduated from high school and college. It seems like I see them about this time of the year too. I’ve never taken a second thought that this could mean me too.
I’m good at writing down a to-do list every morning, but I don’t remember the last time I finished everything on it. I confess, my habit is to think and plan first before praying about it. Honestly, wasn’t self-control was sufficient? Jeremiah 29:11 reminds me God isn’t going to move unless it’s according to His plans.
Then I start thinking about Jeremiah 29:11, and I’m reminded God isn’t going to move in a direction out of His will. I’ve had it all backward – if I don’t move in the center of His will, I walk alone.
- My efforts are fruitless without Him.
- He has designed me for a purpose.
- I’m created to walk in His divine plan.
NEW RESOLUTION – NEW NORMAL – GOD’S PLAN
I’m going to make every effort to start the new year with a new normal by taking my calendar and “to-do” list into the Secret Place. What will happen if I prayerfully set them before Him and ask Him what He thinks? Jeremiah reminds me we’re co-laborers with Christ Jesus. Let the adventure begin.My “new normal” is to trust the Lord's plan.Click To Tweet
I’m sure that there will be things I don’t understand or why, but I determine to seek His Word for guidance. Demands, burdens, and unforeseen situations are inevitable. I’m determined to make an effort to recognize that my plans are not my own.
- We’re not made to live life under my own strength.
- We’re not created to take the lead.
- We were designed to move in the plans our Lord set for me.
- Our times are not in my hands.
My times are in your hands; deliver me from the hands of my enemies, from those who pursue me. Psalm 31:15
I have to stop and smile now because this new normal is liberating. Peace and an abundant life are an assurance. His promises are secure in His abounding love and eternal kindness.
Keep an eye on this blog. I’m looking forward to writing on this new normal. It’s like going on an adventure with my eyes wide open. Want to join me?
What do you think His plans are for you this year?
Have you ever imagined God thinking of you and making plans for your future?
What is your new normal?
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Jeremiah 29:11 KJV