HE who holds the future

By Lizzie Bernardino

“For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord of Host, plans to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11)

It is morning, God bestows me with another day, rested, healthy and strong, what else can I ask for? After brief quiet moments with the Lord, I am ready to face the day. Or am I? Worry started to grip my thoughts, is the 24 hours enough for the load scheduled for today. It seems never enough, after all 8 hours is already allotted to my beauty sleep and 16 hours left for work and family, among other things. So the first thing I do while getting ready to work is to get my phone, check my emails from last night, go over my calendars for appointment and review my to do list for the day. I replied to the most pressing emails, send text to those that cannot wait, and do a little stretching, run to grab a cup of coffee and cereal to go for breakfast. This is my normal routine, and I am sure a lot of you can relate to my morning activities.

I am a “Planaholic.” I like to note down every small details of every activity lined-up for the day. I have back-up plans as well, several in fact, Plan B to support Plan A, if it will not work out Plan C to support Plan B and so on. I have many “what ifs” scenario. This frustrates my family and friends for they have to work around with my planning agenda. Planning a weekend vacation is vexing that it took the joy of having a vacation after all. . Camping is another story. I am not much into weekend camping for lack of the normal comfort that I am accustomed to. Getting there is the goal, and with my planning for the whole family, you can just imagine, how tiring and upsetting it could be for everyone.

Why? Because, none of my plans work or good enough for them. Although I have a good intention, I have different perspective. Sometimes this is where the rift started in my family, my husband told me I want to take control, and I do not trust them to make a decision, and I do not give them the chance to experience life. I am gripped with fear, afraid for my family to make mistakes and to get hurt and fail.

I like taking detours in life, when one road is bumpy I tried to take an alternative route. In haste, trying to do it all by myself, it took me longer hours to reach my destination sometimes, I even failed to reach my goal at all. Hence, I am apprehensive to plan especially if it will involve other people, for I do not know what will the consequences be and what will happen tomorrow.

But there is one whom we can depend on for our future. Jeremiah 29:11 says that “For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord of Host, plans to give you a future and a hope.”

God sees our future, HE knows what tomorrow brings. Remember how He led the Israelites when they wandered in the desert for almost 40 years, HE guided them with clouds during the day and lamp to brighten the night. HE even parted the Red Sea to enable the Israelites to cross the sea.

I have a close friend who is ill right now, and I am encouraged the way she looks at her condition. She trusted our Lord Jesus Christ to lead her way, and knows the direction she going. Although she is afraid, she knows that HE is holding her hand while going through the painful process of chemo and radiation.

I know a single mother who trying to make both ends meet, trying to raise her kids. She faced life alone, hurdling through emotional and financial difficulties, knowing that the right thing to do is to wait for her marriage to be restored. She trusted God, for she knows in her heart that God holds the future.

I have a friend who crying for she is about to lose her house and she does not know what to do or where to go. I encouraged her to submit her plans to Lord and pray for directions. After months and months of waiting for the bank to answer her request for modification of loan, she received a reply assigning her case to a bank officer who will assist her in transaction with no fees involved. “Call upon me in the days of trouble; I will deliver you and you shall glorify me.” (Psalm 50:15)

You may be in the cross road right now confronted with difficult decisions or at the dead end of the road. Trust Jesus, He will direct your path and shows you the way. He knows the plans HE has for you. This is the sacred assurance that if we put our trust in HIM, HE knows the way, and if there seems to be no way, HE will make a way.

(For those who would like to share your opinion, send me an email at lizziebernardino@thepinoyweekly.com or mail at Pinoy Weekly, 1011 E. Edna Place Covina Ca 91724)

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