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Month: January 2018

Trusting God and making plans.

Trusting God and making plans.

How quickly a year goes by! January is always a time for new beginning. For me, in particular, is it is filled with joy and celebration as Caitlin and I celebrate our Anniversary at the beginning of the month (Jan 2) and at the end of the month as I celebration my ordination (Jan 30) and the beginning of my call at Community Lutheran 2 years ago.

Each year presents itself with new tasks and challenges. I am excited to see where God is leading me and I pray that the ears and hearts of those around me are also are open for surprises ahead. January brings with it some great opportunities for growth. I have been surprised by the many things God has done. Often not according to plan but still delightful. Trusting in God requires us to make plans but be open to change. We desire change and be stuck. And we can content with life and hope nothing changes at all.

At times life can seem overwhelming and it can feel like we are spinning our wheels. I am reminded of the prophet Jeremiah who tells the people of Israel who are in exile “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) God has a plan for us even when we are still trying to figure it all out. We can trust in God and we can trust in those God as surrounded us with.  We can make plans and dream dreams about what the future might hold. They plan big or small. Simple or complex. Some plans work, others fail. Nothing is certain. Yet, we are a people of faith and no matter how good our goals we are called to Trust in God. Let us start off this New Year relying not on our plans or visions but on God’s Grace.