“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
Sometimes, we may not believe this is true. Troubles swirl around us, pressures feel too great, life seems hard. We might even feel like God has forgotten us and left us facing the struggles all alone. Yet, we're reminded that God spoke these words to His people, not when times were easy, but when times were very hard. They would endure 70 years of captivity, they would experience great suffering.
He didn't leave his people in the tough trials. He won't leave us there either. He is right with us, and breathes confidence and peace, that we will press through the struggle, and come out to the other side, stronger, faith-filled. He assures us that He will never waste the pain of what we experience in this life, but will bring greater good and blessing because of it.
Be confident of this, God’s not finished yet. You're still here, you're gaining strength and perseverance through the trials. He has great purpose in all that we walk through, no matter how hard it may be.
He sees the big picture of our lives even when we can't see it all yet. He often works in the places where we may not always understand His plans; even through all our seasons of waiting.
So, we can trust...that He has our best in mind. Resting in that truth today. There's peace in knowing we don't have to try hard to control it all. We can let go of the need to try to figure it all out, or the striving of trying to make things happen. God knows, He understands, we’re never alone. Keep pressing through. He loves you. He cares. He is with you.