This morning, as my big dog, for the third time I might add, insisted it was time to get up and go outside just because it’s there again, it hit me, what is this things purpose? Why did this big lummox of a creature come bounding into our (Lily and mines) life? Whose the master here?
Oh, I know the logical rationale, I don’t believe creatures should be alone, they should have like companions, friends, so I looked for one for Lily. But why Hershey? Almost everything I said I’d never want in a dog-puppy, male, overly energetic-but oh so cute, loving and absolutely smart and adorable!
For I know the plans I have for you,
How comforting these words are. “I know the plans I have for you”. I mean, after all, I know the plans I’ve had for me and I know how well those went, some good, some okay, most not the way I wanted, others just flat out failed and with lasting consequences. My life’s plans usually go awry until I pause and go back to my Father; He reminds me, “I know the plans I have for you”, get back on the right path, stop worrying, stop trying to be in control, stop not trusting (in yourself because He has equipped you). Turn to Him in prayer and thank Him for the plans, knowing they are before you if you look and accept them.
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.–Jeremiah 29:11 (AMP)
What does this have to do with my dog? Why this one? This overly energetic dog brought a fever of life back into my quiet home and reminded me some of the joy of life. He reminds me that God knows what we need, when we need it and provides it; even if we don’t. If you feel lost right now, uncertain, frightened, hopeless or unloved I invite you to stop right now and just pray. Turn your eyes and hearts to God. Thank Him that He has the right plan for you, accept that plan and protection, rejoice in the hope of the future it gives you and step out on the path of following it with confidence, for you are not alone.
“And remember that I am always with you until the end of time.” –Matthew 28:20 (GW)