If you’ve been a Christian for any fair amount of time, you would probably know Jeremiah 29:11:
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.
I have been camping on this word for a couple of weeks. I heard the Holy Spirit whisper:
“My plans are so precise and accurate…”
The Holy Spirit reminded me of specific events in my life that were birthed out of God’s infinite wisdom, goodness, and kindness. I’ll share one with you with the prayer that it will inspire, encourage, ignite hope, and bring you back to that place of gratitude, worship, excitement, fresh zeal, and anticipation concerning His plans, and the things He has spoken to you about your life and future.
I was 16 years old and for the first time in my life, encountered the powerful love of Jesus and was radically saved from Buddhism and pagan worship. My heart was set on fire for Jesus Christ. One Sunday morning, I decided to go to church early to spend time with Jesus. I had been barely saved for a couple of months. Everything was so new to me, worship, prayer, etc. I found an empty room, sat down, and in the simplest of words I uttered, “Jesus, I am here…It’s just You and me now…” The next thing I know, I felt this incredible presence and peace entered the room. I knew instinctively someone else…some transcendent being and power has just tangibly invaded my atmosphere. I had just been saved. I had no vocabulary or prior experience to anything like that. I didn’t know anything about the presence of God, that He can make Himself known tangibly, that God can speak to you and that I can hear His voice. I know now that Jesus had walked into the room and made His presence known to me. His incredible love and peace and compassion was so overwhelming that I started to weep. I have never known a love like that. As I was soaking in His love, out of my mouth came these words, “Lord, if it is ok with You, I’d like to serve You for the rest of my life…” What I heard next altered the course of my life forever.
“Son, your wife is not Asian, she’s white…”
“Errr, what…?” I could not believe what just happened, let alone what I just heard. Again, I didn’t know anything at all about hearing His voice. In my pagan background, I didn’t know deities or gods could speak. I definitely didn’t know the Christian God could speak like that. I thought, “This is scary…am I hearing voices, have I gone crazy, or was it the pizza I ate last night? This is either God or a bunch of baloney…” I kept it to myself and never told a soul. Eight years later, a pastor came up to me and said, “I had a dream about your wedding. Your wife is not Asian, she’s white.”
What was incredibly profound was not the fact that God could speak, but that the Creator of the Universe, the One who flung stars into space, would speak so personally and precisely into my life and my future.
For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
Psalm 139:13-16 (NIV)
Today, I’m happily married to Tiffany you guessed right…she’s white. Interestingly, God has put in Tiffany a desire to marry an Asian man for many years. That’s another story for another time that she has to share herself!
I felt it really strong in my heart to encourage you who’s reading this. God hasn’t forgotten about you, or your dreams, or your marriage, or anything that He has spoken to you or put in your heart. He is more passionate about your godly dreams and desires than you are. He put them in there. He’s a good, good Father. The One who knew you before you were born, the One who created you wonderfully, is also the same One who knows precisely and intimately the wonderful plans He has for you. His timing is perfect. Take your eyes off your imperfections, unbelief, doubt, and inadequacies, and set them on the One who believes in you and rejoices over you with singing. He loves you with a relentless passion!
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Ephesians 2:10 (NIV)