Hope for a future

“For I know the thoughts I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11

I cling to this scripture. I remind God of it daily. I quote it when I’m feeling a little lost or forgotten and I want to remember that I have a God who is FOR me. I was thinking of the story of Joseph this morning, and wondering what he thought and felt while he was sitting in prison waiting for God to move on his behalf. His future and hope were looking bleak at the time, and I’m sure he felt forgotten, passed over. I’m sure he felt like evil had one out, and he could not possibly imagine how God could use false accusations and unjust imprisonment for his good. But, we know that God did. God used Joseph in ways that were beyond his imagination. He redeemed the bad years, the in-between that seemingly felt like nothing, but were in fact a refining and an exercise in character and perserverence.

I try to keep that story in mind when I’m stuck in the “in-between”. My in-between is certainly not as dramatic as Joseph’s, but I still feel it keenly. I know God has thoughts toward me, and they lead me to a future full of hope. A future that only He can see. I’m still in the seeking stage, the wondering and praying and asking stage. And even though His movements are unseen right now, I know I too am being refined and built up in character. I am learning the perserverence it takes to “fight the good fight, finish the race, and keep the faith” 2Timothy 4:8.