“‘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” (Jeremiah 29:11).
Even with our disabilities and illnesses it is important for us to make plans. They do not have to be huge plans, we know those too frequently do not work out with our illnesses. Yet if we make small plans, little things we would like to get done, those small accomplishments can add up to big blessings.
Being realistic, knowing that despite our best wishes and intentions our illnesses can and will trip us up, adding this into the equation of our hopes and plans can be a “reality anchor” allowing us to still make plans, and yet not fall apart when our plans also crumble because of our afflictions.
Accepting the fact of occasional failure does not mean we should quit trying or stop making plans altogether.
Never give up trying, and we will find that overall we can and will accomplish more if we have goals in mind, forging a well-developed plan for moving forward brings success and a great sense of accomplishment even with small victories.
Each day brings us opportunities and challenges. We know that there are times when just surviving the day is an accomplishment, to keep treading water is no small task.
Be realistic about your affliction, but also have hope. Sometimes just making plans can keep us looking forward instead of stuck in the rut of our difficulties.
Things change, seasons change, and one bad day or even a bad week does not mean we are forbidden to have goals or make plans for the future.
Today may be difficult, tomorrow may be terrible, but the overall tapestry of your life can be beautiful if you allow the Lord into your plans and hopes driving your success whether large or small. The Lord has hopes, plans, and a future for you.
Prayer: Dear Lord, disappointment and difficulties can leave us feeling stuck and disillusioned, please give us hope and courage to have goals and make plans for the road ahead. Amen.
About the Author:
Karlton Douglas lives in Ohio with his lovely wife. He has often been disappointed by plans that have fallen through, but sometimes the Lord surprises him with success.
Are you feeling disillusioned and disappointed by your illness? Why not make a few small plans and see what comes from doing so?
This is the group Planetshakers singing “Limitless.” This song starts out like a ballad and soon turns into rock, but the lyrics are awesome as they reinforce that when we have God behind us we are limitless! It says how there will be days that give us more than we can take, but when we keep our priorities in the right order, we will find we can do anything with the strength of God. -Lisa