by Vince Carr
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)
The hardest thing that I have ever had to endure was…. my sister teaching me and my brother how to drive. I know what you’re thinking, “it couldn’t have been that bad”, but I promise you it was. We would begin by doing the normal backing out of the driveway, driving up the road, and focusing on obeying traffic laws, it was your typical (boring) driving lesson. Then, my sister would have us pull into an empty parking lot, and that is where the chaos kicked in; we had no idea what was in store next. My sister had us practice parking, driving straight, and then out of nowhere, she would scream, “Boom, you just hit someone”! We would freak out, thinking that we actually hit someone.
I know that that sounds crazy for us to literally think that we hit someone, but really think about. My sister had given us clear instruction, and out of nowhere, she throws a monkey wrench into the whole thing. It never failed, we would get mad and storm off every time, but she would always convince us to come back and get back into the driver seat. You know what also never failed? She would yell, “Boom, you just hit someone”, again! When I finally asked her why she kept doing that, she said that she wanted us to be ready for anything. I think eventually she just begin doing it for the laughs, but it worked… I am ready for anything while driving.
Now, let’s take a look at your life. You wake up, say your prayers, read your devotions, eat your Wheaties, and go on with your day, it’s your normal routine. Then, out of nowhere, life hits you with a “boom, you just hit (fill in the blank)”! For some of us it’s a bad doctor’s report, others it’s the realization that your house is no longer a home, it could even be as simple as traffic making you late to work, and you automatically assume that Jesus is playing a cruel joke on you. Like He put you on cruise control mentally, emotionally, and spiritually, just to set you up for failure.
Before you do what I and my brother tried to do, give you and storm off, remember that God only has one plan for you…. to prosper you. One of the Greek definitions for prosper is translated to mean: pass; thriving in conditions . God wants nothing more than to see you make it, not just through the ‘big’ things, but through everything. So, next time life gives you a BOOM, remember the promise God made in Jerimiah 29:11, He has got you covered.
Prayer: Dear God, when life throws me a boom, remind me of Your promise. Amen.