While most people were taking their end of summer vacations, (or staycations if they are Covid weary) or doing a big, fun activity with the family to celebrate summer coming to an end, I was planning a celebration of life service for my best friend. This was NOT how it was supposed to be!
We drove 7 hours to the place where I grew up to have the service. So did my sister and her husband. Something they haven’t done in a few years. This was NOT supposed to be the reason why.
It may not be how or why we had planned, but it was what God had planned.
It was a beautiful service, honoring to God and the Legacy that my husband had made with his life. But it was an emotional road to get there. Throughout the month, while I was planning the service, one bible verse kept coming up….everywhere! It’s a verse that is on something in my powder room…it was on the very first bracelet I looked at while browsing in a store. It also was on knickknacks that I was drawn to at the store. It was in motivational cards that I bought. It was even on the lady’s mask who was working the counter at the DMV. And, finally, it was on the wall of the office when I walked into my home church to finalize details for the service.
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 NIV
This wasn’t the summer that I had planned and hoped for. This wasn’t the way our girls were supposed to start their school year. This wasn’t MY plan.
God has been reminding me this month, that even though this may not have been in my plans, it was in His. And He has been reminding me of His promise of my future. While I still at this point have no clue what that will look like, (my husband was supposed to be in my future, remember) I can rest in the fact that God has a plan for all this, and I have a hope for the future!