This past week, I've been digging around in my archives here at CB and reading some very old blogs of mine. I was a member here at CB when I was diagnosed with breast cancer back in December 2007 and my blogs written between December 2007 and August 20, 2008 were written just prior to and during my treatment which involved surgery, dose-dense chemotherapy and radiation.
Yesterday, I was re-reading a blog which I had written on December 16, 2007, just a couple of days after it was confirmed I had breast cancer. It is entitled God's Plans .
In part, I wrote:
While this (as well as many other things) may not have been a part of my plan, as someone who has given up their life to God I can be confident that I am living within God's plan. When my life is spinning out of control and I have no answers, there is One who is never out of control. He sees everything that will happen and has already made provision for me...no matter what!
Living according to God's plan is where I want to be!
Jeremiah 29:11 says:
"For I know the plans I have for you," says the Lord. "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope." (NLT)
So often this verse has been used to support the idea that nothing bad will ever happen to us in this world. Really? Then consider the following people:
Noah--He preached for 120 years and yet only his immediate family was saved. Everyone thought he was crazy and he spent nearly a year of his life on a boat with just seven other people and... a lot of animals! He had his work cut out for him!
Abraham-He could have lived comfortably in Mesopotamia but instead he became a nomad. He waited a lifetime for the promise of God to be fulfilled and it happened... when he was an old man.
Joseph--Sold into slavery and then imprisoned for a crime he did not commit.
David-After he was anointed king, he spent years on the run as Saul, who also became his father-in-law, hunted him down in order to kill him.
Elijah--He was number one on King Ahab's most wanted list.
Daniel--Oh, he did have a position of power but that did not protect him from being thrown into a den of lions for the terrible crime of... praying.
Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego-- This is the flip side. The Babylonians couldn't make up their mind. Daniel was thrown to the lions for praying and these men were thrown into the fiery furnace for not praying... to the idol of the king that is.
Jeremiah--He was called the weeping prophet. God told him to write down a message to the king. The king read it and destroyed the scroll. God told Jeremiah to do it again and so forth. Jeremiah was even thrown into a pit and left to die... all because he was being an obedient messenger of God.
John the Baptist--Beheaded because he spoke the words God gave him rather than the words Herod wanted to hear.
Stephen--He was brought to court on trumped-up charges and stoned.
James the brother of John--Executed because he was a follower of Christ.
Peter and John-- Put in prison for the sake of the Gospel
Paul--beaten, stoned, imprisoned and shipwrecked amongst other things simply because he obeyed God and followed God's plans.
There are others but I think I have made my point. All of these people were following God's plan. It might not have always looked like it but they were. They understood that it didn't matter what happened to them in this world. They were willing to follow God wherever He would lead them. They were willing to commit themselves to God's plan for their life... even if they did not understand it and even if it would require them to lay down their lives. That is how much these people trusted God... and that is how much we must trust Him as well.
Yes, God does know the plans He has for us. They might not always look good at the time but in the end we will see... they were plans for our own good and the good of others.