Jeremiah 29:11 NLT
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”
I haven’t written for quite some time . . . mainly because I don’t know what to say. We applied for my spouse visa over a month ago, and we received notice that the UK immigration office received it. But we haven’t heard anything since. So we’ve sat and waited. And truthfully, it’s really been a waiting period where I’ve had to work at keeping my heart right.
It would be easy to be frustrated with the government, disappointed with God, or upset that our plans haven’t worked out. And at some point, I’m sure I have felt all of that, but that’s not the answer to anything. Living through my feelings doesn’t change my circumstances. Putting one foot in front of the other, focusing on scriptures that remind me that God is trustworthy, and keeping myself busy have been the things that I’m choosing to do. But even in doing those things, I feel like I’ve kind of lost the plot because I haven’t kept the vision in front of me. I’ve lost the excitement, the motivation, the purpose behind our move, because I’ve just felt delayed and forgotten.
My dad sent me something this morning, so I want to share a small part of it as it spoke to the heart of the issue:
Today I am confirming my plans for you. For many of you it has been a long time, and it feels as though little or no progress has been made. So I am taking this moment today to confirm my plans for you, so you will not grow weary.
My plans for you have not altered. They’ve not changed. They’ve not wavered. They’ve not diminished. So continue to hold tight to what I’ve already given you, and fan into the flame that fire for the vision within you. For I gave you this vision in advance to help guide you, to help sustain you, to help you endure and persevere.
So take a moment to encourage yourself. Remember my still, small voice that has already spoken to you, has already watered that seed within you that has now begun to take root. Remember your joy, hope, and enthusiasm the same as the day that spark first started. For the delay has surprised you.
And the cost has surprised you. But neither the delay, nor the cost, has surprised me, for I have seen all these things, and even more, since before the beginning. So don’t allow yourself to be downcast or discouraged, for I am with you still, just as I always have been, and always will be.
I am confirming my original plans for you, reviving your original hope, affirming your original desire to follow, love, serve, and accomplish. (from neilvermillion.com)
So today is a day to be encouraged. It’s a day to remind myself of all that we’ve dreamed of, all that has excited us, and all that God has called us to. It’s a day to praise Him for His goodness and a day to trust Him for He is trustworthy. Therefore, I’m purposing to finish the purging and the packing and to get that giant to-do crossed off of my list. Time to get ready to go . . . time to get packing for Edinburgh. We don’t know when exactly we’ll get there, but we do know that we’re going. For He who has called us is faithful.