In the eighteen months after my husband’s worldly death, I sought the Lord more Fervently than in some of the previous seasons of my life. I was SO needy. Challenged by everyday life, the painful unending sense of loss of my childhood sweetheart, the house, the vineyard, and my career. But God.
The Lord was so faithful! Daily he led me to promises for my good in His word. So many promises. In this new position of widowhood, I studied the lives of Biblical widows to see what I could learn about this new and surprising season of my life. A rather unexpected turn of events. In every example Good was good. The studies were so very reassuring. However, during my quiet time with the Lord I was lead to a scripture Jeremiah 29:11 on several different occasions.
“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.”
My Bible was worn out from use, so after Rick passed away, I started using his Bible. The Jeremiah 29:11 scripture promise came to me on July 25,2018 and again on October 29,2018 then I was led there again on December 10,2019. I wondered “why 3 times?” Why again? Is there something more that I should know about this scripture? Has it been given to me before? The Lord answered saying; “check YOUR old Bible.” Always close at hand I carefully turned the fragile pages to Jeremiah 29:11. There clearly marked AND dated was the first time the Lord had made this promise to me. It was the morning that my husband was called home by the Lord! While I though he was just still sleeping.
God knew how difficult life was about to become for me. In this verse He was telling me that His plans for me were for good and that He already knew what they were. He said there would be Hope. I could HOPE for better days and that I still had a FUTURE. The season in my life had made a very abrupt change, but He would prosper me. He wrote that love note to me to reassure me that all was in His plan, even my husband’s departure and not to worry.
Then, when it became obvious that I did not remember His words to me that day, the Lord brought it back to me THREE times so that I would search it out and see His kindness. With all the distractions that overtook me after discovering my husband’s death I had totally forgotten. Since finding this again, I draw hope and courage to face each new day by remembering that He has a plan for my future and it is good, and I have Hope in Christ Jesus because He is faithful.
If you find yourself in a new season not of your choosing, turn to the Lord. Jeremiah 29:11 also applies to you as His beloved and redeemed child. Then continue your daily walk with Him, our Father, Creator, Savior, and Lord. He has promised to be with us. His Word is full of promises.
Psalm 100:5 “For the Lord is always good. He is always loving and kind, and his faithfulness goes on and on to each succeeding generation.”