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
Those who trust in themselves are fools, but those who walk in wisdom are kept safe. Proverbs 28:26
Paige, my youngest daughter, is incapable of standing still. I'm convinced that her spirit animal is a wiggle worm. Whether she's flipping or vaulting off the couch, running up and down the stairs or tapping her foot at the dining room table, Paige remains perpetually in motion. The moving and shaking usually isn't a big deal unless she wants to cuddle (did I forget to mention that affection and touch are her love languages?). Her constant shifting makes it impossible for others to rest and relax.
In some regards, we're all wiggle worms because we often resist remaining planted where we are. It is difficult to be present in the present while waiting for the future, especially when we come across pieces of Scripture like Jeremiah 29:11.
We hear that God has a plan to give us a sure hope and a good future and we instinctively want to fast forward to that part. If it were up to us, we would skip over what we’re currently facing and head straight to that future.
God is calling every one of us to be planted right where we have been placed. It might not be our final place. It might not be our ideal place. It might not be the place we want to be. For some of us, it might be a very, very difficult place.
Just like those cuddle sessions on the couch with Paige, others suffer when we are always impatient, restless and looking to move to new surroundings. Something needs to change, and it begins by engaging in our circumstances.
At first, this might seem scary, but when we trust in God’s sovereignty, we rest in knowing He has everything under control. We can have peace in our present while engaging in the places where we’ve been planted. A mindset like this not only protects our hearts but also benefits those around us.
When we are willing to plant ourselves where we have been placed, we make ourselves available to God’s purposes for our present. As a follower of Jesus, our mission isn’t to live solely for the good of ourselves. Instead, we live for the good of those around us. Everyone has the potential to make a difference in the lives of others, but they have to be willing and not wiggling.
- We can have peace in the present knowing God has everything under control. In what situations do you need to be reminded and trust in God’s sovereignty?
God, help me to remain planted in my present circumstances. Let me not grow comfortable or discontent. Rather than checking out or becoming unsettled, remind me there is a higher purpose for what I am experiencing and it has more to do than ensuring my hope, my dreams and my agenda are met. Use me where I am to point others towards You. In Your name, Jesus Amen.