This particular topic is fresh on my mind right now. We just talked about this at the Peterson Family Reunion, the weekend before last. On Sunday, in lieu of going to church, we all had our own service together. We sang some, and then we each shared a particular verse and talked about why it was important to us. I've had many favorite verses, so I just shared two verses that had been really meaningful to me and my family lately.
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 a hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11 NIV
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28 KJV
Over the past year, our lives haven't really gone according to OUR plans. Fortunately for us, we aren't in charge. God has HIS own plans. And he's in charge. While it is so disappointing when things don't work out how we want them to, I try to remember that God has something better. Unlike us, He knows the future. He sees things that we can't, so obviously He knows best!
There have been some specific examples in our lives lately that have made it so clear to me that I'm not qualified to run my life. If I were in charge, I would just mess it all up. So here are a couple of examples:
- The summer before last, we consulted a realtor about selling our condo, in hopes of moving into a house. Unfortunately, that was right at the beginning of the economic downturn and the real estate market in Nashville was NOT good. We decided to wait, rather than lose money. We were really disappointed. A year and a half later, Kurt lost his job and was out of work for about 3 months. We were disappointed again. But we were fine. We were able to pay our bills. If we had moved into a house, and in turn had a much bigger mortgage payment, I'm not sure we would have been fine. We wanted so badly to move into a house. But if we could have glimpsed the future, we would have seen, just as God did, that it wasn't the right time for us.
- Last summer, we thought about selling our condo again. We again consulted a realtor. The market really wasn't much better, but we had already consigned ourselves to the fact that we would be losing money. Also, I was pregnant and we were really hoping to have more room for our new baby. So we looked at a few houses. After seeing what was within our price range, we weren't thrilled. And after some research, we found out that there were something like 5 other condos for sale in our complex. All of them had been on the market too long. The odds of us being able to sell, for the amount of money we thought was necessary, were really not in our favor. So we again shelved our plan. A year later, in May of this year, a devastating flood hit Nashville. Thankfully, God protected us and our home. We live on a hill, and on the second floor of our building, so we were fine. So many people could not say the same. In fact, houses in neighborhoods very close to us were flooded up to the roof....neighborhoods where we were looking a year earlier. One of my favorite neighborhoods was almost completely under water. As I watched the TV footage from those places, it was overwhelming clear to me why we were still in the condo. A year in advance, God was guiding us for our own protection.
Do you have a favorite Bible verse right now?
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