"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)
My mother-in-law's father died when he was quite young, leaving her mother with five children under the age of ten. Providing for five children during the Great Depression was more than she could manage. She placed the two oldest girls in an orphanage.
Now that Mrs. Martha is eighty-nine, she talks mostly about those years spent in the orphanage. The superintendent was a Godly man who took his responsibilities seriously. He soon realized that young Martha was gifted in music and arranged for her to take piano lessons. She mastered the piano and the coronet and was offered a music scholarship.
However, there was someone else in the picture by the time she graduated. The superintendent had a brother attending the university, who came to visit the orphanage frequently. He and Martha fell in love and were married soon after graduation.
While it makes her sad to remember how much she missed her family, she realizes that God had a plan for her life. At the orphanage, she learned all the skills needed to maintain a Christian home and to be a good wife and mother. The most remarkable thing is that she met the love of her life there, a man who loved and cherished her as long as he lived. She understands now that God was busy working out the plans He had for her life. What seemed like a bad situation turned out to be a wonderful thing.
Heavenly Father, thank you for the plans you have for us. Help us to trust you completely, knowing the plans you have for us are far better than anything we can imagine. Amen.