School is out, graduations are done and summer plans are on everyone’s agenda! This is a great time for students as they celebrate the achievements of the academic year and anticipate a summer of different activities such as sports, camps, 4H, fun in the sun and family vacations. They may also be thinking about plans that are further down the road – the next teacher & grade, moving on to high school, starting college or entering the workforce.
It is challenging to figure out small and large plans because “tomorrow” is always in God’s hands. Whatever plans we have we know that God’s plan for our future is our real hope! We make our temporal plans with the full knowledge that God may well have something bigger and different than we can imagine. So we approach each day with faith – “1For 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. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart” Jer 29:11-13
We would all like to see around the corner and get a peek at what is ahead – after all we may well have our hearts set on something that may or may not be on God’s agenda. Walking by faith rather that sight is not an easy walk. How many times have we reminded one another of the words from Proverbs, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart. and lean not on your own understanding;” Prov 3:5
There is great comfort in knowing that God has not lost track of us or forgotten us. We are His baptized children living with His sure promise. Every time we kneel at the altar we know that God is with us – forgiving, us, loving us and guiding us as we make our way home to Him in Jesus!
Next school year will be different, the work place will not be like school and the summer weather is pretty unpredictable. What we know for sure is that God is there tomorrow and forever! That’s all we really need to know! So enjoy the summer, make some plans knowing that God has, “plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future!” That would be a good theme for a convention and a great reminder for anyone approaching a transition in life!