Sunday, February 25, 2007

There is always...

"Pop quiz!" she says to me when I walked through the doors. I asked her to meet for coffee in the morning and she's been waiting.

"Yeah?" I ask and she rattles off, "For I know the plans I have for You,' declares the Lord. 'Plans for hope and for a future....'"

"Jeremiah 29:11" and I'm right. Although it's not fair, I had an advantage of being able to sing that verse as a song since the High School Church Conference 1998 or something....

But that verse keeps rolling around in my head. "For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans for hope and a future."

And then tonight. We studied Isaiah 6 and I keep thinking... "Here am I, send me." But God showed me something new.

Tucked at the end of the chapter... after God reveals Isaiah's message and mission... hope.

*And though a tenth remain in it, it will be burned again, like a terebinth or an oak, whose stump remains when it is felled." The holy seed is its stump* (Is 6:13)

And I can't help but stare and get a little choked up that God is gently reminding me over and over not to despair. Not to become too heavy hearted or downcast. But to remember that no matter what this life holds for me, there is always hope.

This world cannot heal, redeem, forgive or satisfy. But I know the One who can. And He gives me hope...

*Now these three remain; faith, hope and love* (1 Cor 13:13).

Let us remember that He is still working and remember that there is always HOPE in His plans. I just love that.

Hope. Hope.



1 comment:

Kelli B said...

reading your posts today made me cry. because i feel so separated from you. how can we remedy that???

i miss ya like crazy. the pages of the journal lately have remained empty b/c i just dont know how to write everything that's going on. but i need to at least TRY...

that's what i'll do. i'll write it next week while i'm on vaca - and send it to you with my "gift" i made you.

love you and miss you mucho sister.