Do you have a verse of Scripture that “follows” you? I do…
When I was a senior in high school, I was in a manipulative relationship and it was affecting the way I understood God— I thought he was going to take away everything I had ever wanted. Though I had what I had been pining after for 5 years+
It wasn’t making me happy, but I was afraid that if I let it all go, I’d have no future. Or at least, not the future of which I had been dreaming of my whole life.
Then one day, I went into a Catholic bookstore with my mom. At the cash register, I saw a bracelet with these words inscribed:
“For I know the plans I have for you, says the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, to give you a future and a hope.” ~Jeremiah 29:11
It spoke directly to my circumstances. To my worries. To my fears. And even though I had attended Catholic school my entire life, this verse was 100% new to me,
I bought the bracelet. I ended the relationship. And a different level of my relationship with God began.
God Fixed It – Again and Again
Over the last 11 years, that verse reappears right before big moments in my life — moments like when I decided to change my major to study Theology and before my interview for a teaching position in Knoxville that I really wanted. I think it even showed up around the time of my wedding!
It resurfaced again this morning.
It’s the 4th anniversary of my first date with Christopher.
I scrolled back through my social media, expecting to see pictures of snow and ice (which are all there), but I also came across a “Scripture Challenge” in which I had to share a verse with special personal meaning.
On the night before going on a first date with my future husband, I shared the words of Jeremiah 29:11…
After all these years, my mind’s eye was transported back to that bookstore… back to that wounded girl confused and worried about what her future would be if she let go of someone she didn’t want to.
God was sweetly showing me that he kept his promise.
I shouldn’t be shocked, but I am. Especially in light of some big decisions Chris and I are currently facing…
Up until this point, I’ve been able to bring Imogene to work with me. Sadly, it isn’t a situation that works anymore– she’s too mobile, too talkative, too distracting for everyone (in the best way). After a gracious conversation, my boss gave me time to figure out a better situation for us.
Chris and I have been talking, praying, and exploring other options. I found an opportunity that allows me to do remote work from home on my own schedule… but it’s not something I want to do. It’s not something that I want to spend time and effort figuring out and being trained in. Mostly, I don’t want to do it because it will keep me from other projects I am passionate about and also feel called to.
And guess where my mind has been wandering…
To that same line of thinking that 18 year old Grace had fallen into… “but, but, this wasn’t the plan! This isn’t what I’ve been dreaming about… This isn’t what we’ve been talking about!”
Having this verse resurface in the way that it did reminded me that God never asks me to “let go” without giving me everything back in return a little ways down the road. Even better… he always gives me back what I had and then some more.
O Holy Spirit- the Comforter
Now I know, that this thing that I don’t want do is a part of the plan. Just a part I hadn’t foreseen. It requires me to “let go” of what I had been clinging to so tightly… And like every other time, God will use this circumstance to help me — and my family — prosper, have a future, and have a hope.
Is there a Scripture verse that follows you through life? Share it below!