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. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. 14
I think about this passage a lot. I often think God can’t possibly have dreams and ideas for my life better than mine. He can’t possibly know my deepest desires better than my shallow and fleeting wants and he surly does not know what path I would need to travel to fulfill these profound longings. So I often take it on myself to force reality to conform to my hopes and dreams. It is only during times of confusion and utter defeat that I relinquish my death grip on these desires and am reminded by this passage that he has had better plans for me since 500 B.C. when this book was penned and even before.
However his plans for our life always come in the context of captivity and bondage, from the brokenness and despair of living in our own Babloyn. He says that in our often self imposed captivity we will find him, and presumably discover more of his plan for our life only when we do two things:
1. PRAY – come to him in the quiet, and begin to talk.
2. SEEK – Not just pretend, but seek him with all our heart.
Here is to praying and seeking God with all our heart that we may see the plans he has for our lives.