“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

Snow covered many of the roads in my state, and a lot of the schools in the area closed for several days because of the weather.

I received a call to return to work.

Normally, the drive took about two hours and thirty minutes, but my travel time increased by two hours because the roads were far worse than I expected.

I planned to reach my destination before dark, but I only made it about halfway. I stopped in the first major town I reached and got a room for the night.

When I entered my room and settled in, I started to reevaluate my decision to accept a job so far from my home.

I needed a job, income to pay my bills, and insurance coverage.

I actually needed a job closer to home, so I wouldn’t have to relocate.

Friend, it is extremely difficult to wait on God’s best when we are in a desperate situation.

Jeremiah 29:11 reads, “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.” (NIV)

My situation was far from prosperous because I failed to follow God’s instructions.

I failed to acknowledge Him. And, I failed to wait on His best.

I was in a town where I knew no one. And because I didn’t know anyone, I had no place to live. Consequently, I lived in hotels.

Even though I had a job, I came up short each month.

Eventually, I resigned. Finally, I was back in the will of God.

A huge weight fell off because I no longer felt as if I was living someone else’s life.

I was back at Square 1, but God was right there beside me. And that made the difference.

I never worked full time again.

Yet, God provided for my family.

Life was difficult during those first few weeks after I resigned from my job, but I received several more paychecks and I was paid for sick days I never used.

I came home, found a substitute position with a nearby school district, and helped with my grandson.

About a year later, I had a stroke.

That wasn’t in God’s plan for my life, but I understand now that He is working all of this for my good.

Finally, I am able to pursue my dream to become a writer.

Copyright 2016 by Rena Brooks. All Rights Reserved.

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