Right now, Taylor, my daughter is in college and in love with the Lord like never before. It is an amazing and wonderful thing to watch.
Right now, my church, First Baptist Woodstock is refueling and reigniting its college ministry. We have a new college minister and he has a heart for Jesus and a heart for college kids.
Right now, my son, Caleb is in high school. Our high school ministry is challenging these students to take Christ to their campuses, to their friends, and to the nations. Caleb wants to go on the mission trip to Ecuador over spring break.
Right now, I am overwhelmed with emotion. Tears flow as the Spirit speaks to me and confirms that coming here in the midst of our sorrows was all part of the big plan (see my earlier blogs about the City of Refuge if you don't know my story: http://www.souljourney318.com/2010/04/lessons-learned-in-city-of-refuge-pt-1.html). Not only would we receive healing and new hope, but our children would be blessed after us.
Sometimes when circumstances are difficult and I am weary, the only thing I can hang onto is heaven. I just want to go ahead and get there and leave all of this behind. While it is appropriate to long for heaven, in those moments I am forgetting that God has a plan for me in the present, a plan that includes hope and a future for all of my life. Jesus hasn't left me. It's not all up to me until He comes again. He is working and arranging and bringing together all things for His glory and for my good. And I can trust Him.
"I know what I am doing. I have it all planned out --plans to take care of you,
not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for."
Jeremiah 29:11 (Message)
Give me your eyes to see how You are working all around me and bringing things together for my good and the good of my children after me. Thank you that Your plans give me the future I hope for.