Monthly Archives: February 2013

Not a Consolation Prize

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Jeremiah 29:11 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.

This is not a consolation prize. This is a promise. This is a reminder that God Does have a plan for me. It is His plan. It is not my plan. Yet, His plans for me are good plans. These are plans for specifically designed for me! This is not a community plan, a government plan, a plan for the neighborhood, the church, the country, it is a plan specifically for – Christie.

God knows this plan. I don’t know the plan. I may know a piece of the plan. I may get more and more pieces as the plan unfolds, but I don’t know the whole plan. I don’t understand all of the intricacies of the plan.

If you have ever built or remodeled a home, you have experienced something like this. For simplicity lets assume you are building a brand new house. You start out walking through tons of model homes in tons of neighborhoods looking at several builders. Hopefully, you narrow your choices by first choosing a builder. The builder is key. It doesn’t matter how great the floor plan is if the builder is going to do a shotty job.

Once you choose the builder, you walk through more model homes. You take home handfuls of fliers with floor plans on them. You ask about tweaking the plan: “Can I take out this wall? Can I bump out this exterior wall? Can I make this a full bath instead of ½? Eventually you choose a floor plan that you love.

Meanwhile, there is an architect holding the actual blue prints for the home. He (or she) is measuring every wall, accounting for where all the electrical and plumbing need to go. He is laying out the blueprint for the foundation, the load bearing walls, the roof line. You are primarily still looking at that little floor plan flyer. Every now and then, the builder may sit down with you and show you the actual blue print, room by room, elevations etc. You may glance at the big picture, but you are not an architect. All of the little architectural notations don’t mean much to you unless the architect explains them to you.

Sometimes the builder may say, “I’m sorry, we can’t eliminate that wall. It’s load bearing” or “I can take out the wall, but I will have to leave a beam, or a column. I know this is not exactly what you wanted, but in order for the house to meet code, to be safe for you and your family, to hold the roof, to allow for venting etc. etc., this is what I have to do.” “As your builder, I cannot do it exactly the way you want it. But this plan is what is best for you. I understand the plan.”

AS the architect of my life, as my Master Builder, God is holding the blue prints for my life. I have desires and God has desires. My desires may not always line up exactly with God’s desires, but he has the whole detailed blue print. I just have a little flyer.

This passage is more than just a little piece of encouragement to quote when we are lost, frustrated, tired or feel like we don’t have direction. This passage is not the consolation prize. What it does say is that God, knowing and wanting what is best for me has His planned lay out in advance to bring benefit to me (whether or not I recognize it as such) to His glory.