Knowing God's Plan

Thursday, February 12, 2004

How will we know if it's the Lord's will? This question kept returning last summer, whenever my husband and I thought of moving. After many address changes earlier in our lives, it had been a pleasure to settle down, make friends, and finally feel at home in Cape Breton. But now, in retirement, circumstances seemed to be urging us to move closer to our family. Was this just a good idea on our part, or God's will? We decided not to move until we were sure it was God's will.

You can call us slow learners, but God answered our prayer for guidance on three separate occasions, before we felt secure enough to leave our home and friends, and make the move into the unknown. The first time He sent His message at the bottom of our real estate agent's e-mail. This same message was repeated a few weeks later during a Bible study.

"Do you really think God is trying to tell us something?" my husband asked as we drove home after the study.

"Maybe, but if He is, He'll make it clear," I answered. Although I recognized His words, I still doubted if they meant a move. Later that month, we were visiting what has now become our home church, and, when the pastor used the same verse in his benediction, I knew God was telling us it was His will for us to move. The verse He sent on the three separate occasions was this one:

Jeremiah 29:11 – "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." (NIV)

Christians, God cares for each of us. He is patient with His children, and is waiting to direct our paths, when we go to Him for guidance and direction.

Prayer: Thank You, God, for the guidance You are waiting to give to Your children when we seek Your will. Amen.

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