Wednesday, December 24, 2014

This Christmas

I spent a lot of time with my head down in Jeremiah 29:11 recently working on a custom order for Christmas. With this tried and true verse (an anthem of the Christian faith, even) on repeat in my head for two nights, I carefully lettered its words with my brush while listening to Christmas music.

"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."

It's a verse I've known by heart for years and yet I noticed something new about it this time around: you. It doesn't say them and it doesn't say man. Not that person and not him or her.

You, specifically. Four times, to be exact. You. Me. Us.

We talk a lot about Jesus wanting a personal relationship with us and I found that in this verse. I may not always agree with the plans He has for me, but the promise at the end of the verse reminds me why it's not about what I want or think I need. Like Bob Goff wrote, "Jesus is more interested in our hearts than our plans. Plans work out or they don't; our hearts define our lives." Jesus is crafting His plans for me around the hope He offers through knowing Him, and my future is found in His glory.

And there's what I am reflecting on this Christmas. Jesus' birth is far greater than anything else this season offers and I am happy to know Him.

Finally, if you keep reading to verse 13, it says:

You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

So here's to more seeking and finding in 2015. Jesus is everywhere and I'm glad for that.


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