We have been trying on and off to sell our house for a couple of years because we wanted to move closer to the boys’ school. If you’ve had any experience of this sort, you will understand how frustrating it can be.
We have been praying fervently and had hopes raised high and crushed down several times.
Just recently, a family came to see our house, made a decent offer the next day, and we signed the contract on the third day.
And guess what happened to the frustrations we had stored in our memories? We only had vague memories of them, and off we went looking for a fresh new start.
That’s the same thing Jeremiah tried to tell his people time and time again.
”for I know the plans I have for you, ” declares the Lord, ”plans to prosper you and not to harm you.” Jeremiah 29:11
God planned to put the yoke on his people to be captive in Babylon, and nobody liked this plan, including Jeremiah.
But Jeremiah spoke the truth. He told the people what God wanted them to do during the exile: “Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce. Marry and have sons and daughters.” Jeremiah 29:5-6
In essence, God is telling His people that life goes on, and they need to make themselves productive and be useful even during troubled times.
When we go through a dry period of our lives, usually we can’t see the other side. Just like the frustration we went through trying to sell our house. We keep asking why, when, and what’s waiting for us on the other side.
So quickly we forget that God has His perfect timing and His good plan for us.
But He does.
He keeps working behind the scenes for us. And He wants us to keep moving forward at the same time–continue to build our house of worship, settle down our hearts, plant gardens of good character, and eat the good fruit from our labor.
So keep moving, friends, let’s keep eyes on Him, and keep up the good work.