"Those who honor me I will honor" 2 Samuel 2:30
By Cherry Ann Smith
A friend and want to be published writer gave me a book that he had purchased years ago. I read the title with great anticipation expecting an early edition of Great Expectations. I carefully opened the book. While the little book spoke volumes to me, the pages, to my surprise, were blank.
Memories of missed opportunities flooded my mind. Have I lived my life of great expectations and accomplishments or would my book of life have blank pages? My thoughts revealed the things I wish I had planned to complete, the dissertation I started but didn’t finish, the numerous home projects left unfinished, the stories I could have written, the …and so on and so on.
I have always been comforted and encouraged by Jeremiah 29:11
(English Standard Version (ESV)):
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare[a] and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
I know that entry into my doctoral program and successful completion of coursework during many traumatic, potentially life altering events (i.e. surviving three hurricanes, death of my mom, critical illnesses, and overwhelming loss of my home, my business, and my income) was of God, but my dissertation remains unfinished. God’s plan delayed and my expectations unfulfilled.
I’m reminded of the parable of the talents (Matthew 25:14-29 NKJV) I am blessed. But like the man with one talent, have I buried my God-given desires? Will my book of hopes and dreams be blank? Have I allowed fear, procrastination, disorder, family drama, my flesh to overtake the plans that God has for me? Will my book have blank pages?
In whom do I trust?
2 Corinthians 9:8
(English Standard Version (ESV))
And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency[a] in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.
IN WHOM DO WE TRUST?
Let us pray:
Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen. (Hebrews 13:20, 21 NKJV)