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Plans for the future dashed, or just a detour?

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”   (Jeremiah 29:11)

Here's a personal story I heard that illustrations this verse as it applies to individuals. When something happens to dash your plans keep an eye out so see how this change fits into God's plans:


 Connie was so excited about graduation that she could nearly smell the ink on her certificate. After spending years planning for college, she was so excited to be accepted into her first-choice school.
But three days before graduation, Connie was hit by a drunk driver. They both lived through it but Connie’s injuries were extensive. She needed several surgeries and she’d have to spend a year re-learning how to walk.
Connie was crushed. She couldn’t understand how God could allow this to happen. She’d been certain she was headed to the right school. She wrestled with her feelings while she forced herself to go through the rehabilitation program.
When Connie finally made it to college, she was delighted. The milestone was that much sweeter than it would have been before.
While she was in her freshman year, Connie met Lee, another student who she fell in love with. But


Lee was in the military and he was transferred not long after freshman year. They continued to date long-distance and Lee eventually proposed to her.
Connie’s thankful for that year of delays now. If it hadn’t been for the accident, she wouldn’t have met Lee or had the chance to start a family with him.
Sometimes, God allows detours into our lives. He does this because He’s working on a special plan for your life.

God, thank you for the detours in my journey. I don’t always understand them but I know You. You’re a good Father and I can trust You every step of the way. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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