As I drove to a writer’s conference in Indianapolis last week and followed the directions on my GPS, which I’ve recently named Maxine, my friend’s Siri argued with her. Well, not exactly, but they both gave different directions as we came closer to our destination, which led to lively discussion. Both sets of directions led us to the Hyatt Regency in downtown Indianapolis, one perhaps a little quicker than the other and one without as many turns, but essentially had the same outcome.
During several preceding days, the Lord had brought Jer. 29:11 to my attention at least three times, twice in devotional readings and then a friend texted the verse to me, to comfort me through a time of grieving. On top of that, the keynote speaker at the conference, Robin Jones Gunn, talked about how much better God’s plans are for us than the ones we have for ourselves.
I don’t always understand the turns and forks Jesus brings me to in the road of life, which he has laid out for me, but I must learn to trust that His plan is better. It doesn’t mean there won’t be times that are difficult or painful, that the way there will be easy, without detours. However, I have Jesus and His word, the Bible, the best guide of all, for which I am very thankful. Will I trust Him one day at a time that God has my best interest at heart? Will you?
“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.” Jeremiah 29:11 NLT