• Jason Wade


11 For I know the plansI have for you,” declares theLord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. Jeremiah 29:11-12

All of us have moments where we are just waiting for God to speak and open doors. As we look into the new year that is exactly what we are looking forward to from God. We are looking for God to reveal this amazing plan that will totally explain everything that went on in 2020 and why we had to endure the craziness. But really, God's plan is only starting to load. God is setting us up to step into the next stage of His vision for the world and we have to sit back and wait with patience and excitement. With every new step of my life, I have always stepped in with curiosity, a little fear but mostly excitement. To step into something new is like taking out a brand new tapestry and looking at it before you put the first brush stroke and just spending time imagining what can happen. There are so many directions that we could go and so many outcomes that could happen, but one thing is for sure, once we start the brush strokes... something is already changing. The painting can never go back to being the same and that is the exact same thing that happens when we step into God new plans for our lives. There are some things that we bring to the table from our past, but we also have all of these new opportunities that help us to look at the potential of the project with hope and a newness that cannot be explained.

I say all of this because that is exactly what has happened on my journey. I have been at a point in my life where I was set in my way and thought that I knew what was best for me and then God showed up and turned the page. God had had me on a journey that made me comfortable and allowed me the ability to do things without even thinking, and when I got to that point... God said, "It's time to take you to a different level." And to be honest with all of you, I fought it a lot. I really did not want to step into another path because I had plans and I had dreams that were inspired by God, but in reality I was so far away I just could not see it and God was providing a way to bring me back. I was stuck in the mud of apathy and lacked the ability to think outside the box. My plans were exactly that... my plans and instead

of giving them to God I found myself telling God what was supposed to happen. And then it ALL came a crumbling down. Not to go into all of the details, but I completely ran into a place where God stripped me back down to the foundations and said you have to stop making it about you and start fulfilling the call that I have placed in your life. It is time for you to come back from your wilderness and step back onto the path that will lead you to experiencing and teaching grace in a brand new way. I was devastated and went into a time of withdraw and doubt. All of the things that I had built had been torn down and I did not know if there was enough strength in me to begin the rebuild. That is when I finally realized that it was not mine to rebuild but God's. God had the plans... God and the purpose... God had the vision to see way down the road of hope and begin revealing the future that was HIS plans not my own.

We see this today in our Scripture lesson from Jeremiah. God's People had been completely discombobulated and totally had no idea if they were ever going to be able to return to God's favor. These words I know have been used so much out of context, but for me and for you, I hope and pray that we recognize that God is helping us to see the things that are prepared for us. This is not a prosperity Gospel scenario, but an opportunity for us to return to the path that God has set out for us. It is the ability that we have to truly take time and realize that no matter the situation in the world, God is still bigger. No matter the uncertainty and the chaos... God is still bigger. No matter if it seems that we truly have no where else to go, we have a God that is going to continue to battle for us and provide for us an opportunity to reset our lives and restore our directions towards the future. God knows the plans and is speaking directly to Jeremiah and through Jeremiah to us. COVID may seem as though it is in control but it is not. The unrest in our country may seem as though one side is in control over the other... but the reality is that it is not. We have to focus on the reality of GOD's PLANS not OURS. We have to step out in humility and realize that we have been given a roadmap to lead us. We just have to have the faith to follow. God knows exactly what God is doing and I know that sometimes it really does not make a lot of sense with those that we love that are dying or others that are losing their jobs. God's plan is helping to reveal to us the importance of every moment and even answering some of the prayers that we have been praying for a very long time. When Jeremiah writes that when we call and pray to God, He listens... guess what... HE LISTENS. God hears our cries and steps into the chaos to help us recognize the bigger plans that are to be seen.

Today, I hope and pray that you can read between the lines and hear my heart today. I hope and pray that God will continue to reveal to you that He has a perfect plan for ALL of our lives. It just means that we have to be willing to let go of the tight reign that we have and allow God to strip us back down to our foundations and begin to rebuild. It means that we have to come back from teh wilderness of the world we have been living in and allow God to reveal the next steps that we need to take. Even if those next steps means that we have to walk away. God is such an amazing part of my life and I can say that because I let go. I can say that because He has changed my perspective and showed me things I never would have

seen if I had stayed in the old way. So today, take a little journey with me and take a moment and reintroduce yourself to God. Take a moment and instead of asking for so much... listen to what God needs us to do. I promise you it will change your life... and that might be why we don't do it so much. I pray that you will allow God to show you the plans and recognize the other side of the story of your life. It will be something that you will never expect and something you will want to pass on to EVERY person that you meet once you experience it. Hope you have an amazing time stepping into that moment. Happy New Day to You!!

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