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My Jeremiah Complex
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I think it’s taken me forever to arrive at a place in my life where I don’t feel completely lost. High school and college were a safe and predictable place. There were people ready to help me make the next step within my cushioned little world. But, something drastically changed the day after receiving that college diploma. Nobody could make any more decisions for me. I was petrified!

My journey through life began the day after my college graduation. I had no idea what I was supposed to do next.  Which path was I supposed to take? Why did all of them look good? Why did all of them look bad? Why was I so confused? Who was I supposed to be? How was I supposed to be successful, when all I felt was my head spinning?

It’s been six years since that time and I can honestly say that I don’t have it all figured out yet! I have made bad decisions that I thought were good. I have settled for the easy way out. I’ve challenged myself to do things that were somewhat uncomfortable for me. In the past six years, I’ve learned real life lessons that professors seemed to have forgotten to teach. But, through it all, there has been an encouraging voice in my head.

He Has Plans for Us

God speaks to me in many ways through His prophet Jeremiah (who happened to have been a very young person when called to serve God!). Jeremiah 29:11 is a powerful message to me. God says to Jeremiah, “I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out – plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.” He has plans for us,too. For you and I! He has plans to give us the future we’ve been longing for. I’ve often struggled with that idea. That God would think of us. These are plans that won’t destroy us. They’ll give us a life worthy of living. With all of the earth-shattering things that are happening around us, He thinks of you and me.

As I continue to enjoy this journey called life, I am amazed at the way God navigates it. I am amazed at the hardships and successes. How patient He is with someone so stubborn (tough confession, I admit!). But, I know He has plans that I can’t even begin to imagine. 

As you journey through your life, just wait. Wait for God's next move. Why? Because He’s got it figured out. He knows what He’s doing. And revel in this "Jeremiah complex."

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