|Big Bay on Lake Michigan near Traverse City, Michigan|
A lot of life lived without a moral compass.
A lot of wandering, seemingly without purpose.
And yet, after becoming one of God's own, when I looked back at all of the years, I could see the hand of God firmly placed in the timeline.
To my eyes, I had been wandering aimlessly. But in the eternal plan, God was orchestrating every single event of my life. My free will was choosing the wrong things, yet God using those choices for my eventual good, for salvation.
One day I was asked about my "life verse" during a gathering of ladies at my brand new home church. I didn't know what that dear lady was talking about, being a "newbie" Christian and all. She kindly explained that a life verse is a scripture that I would turn to in times of uncertainty, or times of rejoicing, or even during times of grief. And that I didn't really need to have one if I didn't want one!
However after a bit of head scratching, I settled on Jeremiah 29:11, a verse that had echoed in my mind many, many times after reading it:
"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope." ESV
Those words are a reminder to me that God has things neatly under His divine control. As I pray for the salvation of other family members and friends, I remember Jeremiah 29:11 and I don't fret.
Hope is there for everyone.