Saturday, February 20, 2016

Selah Saturday: What plans, Lord?

What plans, Lord?

“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord, “plans for welfare
and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11) NASB

I love that verse. But if I’m honest, I also hate that verse.

Okay, maybe hate is too extreme, but I definitely had a strong negative reaction when the verse came to mind recently in response to an incredibly disappointing situation.

I am the Chairperson of the Pastor Search Committee for our church. We have been working for months to find the right person to fill the role of our next pastor, and we thought we had found the perfect individual. We were making arrangements to hear him preach when I received an email notifying me that he had withdrawn himself from consideration.

I was stunned. What had gone wrong? Had we missed a sign from God that the man wasn’t the pastor for us? Why didn’t the man want us? Why would God allow us to get to this point in the process before bringing everything to a screeching halt?

Then Jeremiah 29:11 came to mind, and I mentally rolled my eyes. “Really, God? That’s what you have to say? I don’t want to start over. I want this man as our new pastor. Maybe he’s not hearing you correctly. Perhaps, I should call him.”

The verse came to mind again, (admittedly a bit louder) and I slumped back in the chair. “Forgive
me, Lord. You do know what is best for us, but this hurts. It feels an awful lot like a breakup, and I need you to help me get over it.”

I’m still not sure why this situation happened like it did. Maybe I never will. But I’ve chosen to rest in the fact that God knows the needs of all parties involved as well as His plans for each of us. It will all work out in the end.

How has God ministered to you during a difficult time in your life?

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