It is so quiet. Just the gentle breeze whispers softly by as I begin this day – this new beginning – with a very grateful heart.
Yesterday was my last day at work. 21 years of working for the same institution. Oh, how I struggled with this decision to leave. I felt the rumblings of this call to new things long before yesterday.
I argued. I reasoned. I ignored.
Yet, the One who was calling waited patiently. When my delay caused unnecessary pain, He reminded me of His desire.
In the midst, I learned that delayed obedience is disobedience.
This morning I was reminded of Jeremiah 29:11-13.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. They you will call upon me and come and pray to me and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”
The One who laid the foundations of the earth; set the margins to the seas; knit my very being together in my mother’s womb has a plan for me (and for you). His plan brings prosperity and when translated it is defined as completeness, peace, contentment.
So this day, I settle in to the grace that comes from His hand. I rest in the peace of His leading and the hope of a future planned before I ever knew.