Forgive me Lord, for I am going to be presumptuous.
I sit listening to careers advice at uni and I already know that half my heart isn’t really listening.
I am trying to concentrate, trying to plan for the next steps, listening to jobs I can apply for, I’m trying to listen but my mind is being pulled by scripture.
For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. I will be found by you,” says the Lord.” Jeremiah 29:11-14
I remember when this passage was given to me. It was lovely, but at the time I was slightly clueless and they were just nice words of comfort. I passed the passage on to my close friend at Christmas when it was whispered back to me in response to a prayer of encouragement for her. I scrawled it into her card hoping it would make sense.
And here I am, being inspired by this passage again for the third time. But this time I acknowledge the words, not only in my mind, but in my soul, and in my heart.
I sit here thinking about the future and all I have in my mind is that I want to visit residential homes and listen to the people there, I want to tell them that Jesus loves them and they are never alone. I want to hold their hands and pray with them, I want to bring them communion and let God’s light shine through their hearts. I want to go to schools and show children how they are all wonderfully and fearfully made. That they dance with the Lord with every laugh and every smile. I want to bring them the stories of the gospel and dress up with them, I want to see their faces shine as God’s face shines on them.
I want to welcome new lives into the world, into the church, I want to see people brought together by God, I want to be there at the end as they rise in glory to be in the arms of Jesus.
I just want to show you how wonderful our Heavenly Father is, how the warmth of the Holy Spirit can be breathed into your life, how close you can come to walking on the water with Jesus. You only have to put your feet over the side of the boat, and I will hold your hand until you run over the waves to him.
Yes Lord, you give me a future and a hope, and that is more than enough for me.