Monday, February 28, 2011
Posted by Karlene Jacobsen
"For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope." (Jeremiah 29:11 NKJV)
I have never been sky diving but today I'm thinking it might be an exhilarating experience -- especially once the parachute opens and I begin to glide through the air toward earth. What made me think about this?
I had a conversation with my daughter the other night about something when the comment was made: "You're taking me to the top of the building to throw me off, aren't you?"
I considered her words and wondered, How often do I do that? I raise my hopes and expectations, get excited over a potential 'good' thing that is headed toward me, and then worry most of the way that I'll get to the pinnacle of excitement and free-fall to my death, or at the very least, utter disappointment.
When God says in Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you . . . thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope," He wasn't luring us into the airplane to push us out and dash us to the ground with our hopes. NO. He was strapping a parachute onto our backs and offering us the most exhilarating ride of our lives. It probably won't look at all the way we picture it but what will we care once we see the whole picture.
So let Him secure it in place and hang on. He guarantees we won't regret one minute of it.