“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord, “Plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11 (RSVCE)
This Bible verse got me through so many hard times. When I was in my later years of college, I faced several different struggles. It was a tough period of my life, but it was also a really beautiful time because that was when I began to really grow in my faith. It was in these low points that I clung onto God. And this Bible verse served as a constant reminder that God was with me and would help me through everything.
I remember having bad days where I just felt really down. Yet somehow, this verse would manage to appear somewhere. I distinctly remember seeing this verse three times in one day when I was having a particularly down day. First, it appeared on my Instagram feed as a post from an account that I wasn’t even following. Later that day I went to the mall with my mom and I saw a pillow with the verse on it in one store, and then a wall sign with the verse on it in another store. It was safe to say that God was trying to tell me something. And to this day, whenever I’m struggling or just in need of a sign to remind me that God has a plan for my life, I see this verse somewhere. To me, it has become a way that God communicates with me through.
And what a beautiful verse it is. God is literally telling each of us that he has a plan. A plan that will be the best for us. A plan for our future. A plan of hope. How incredibly beautiful is it that when everything seems to be going wrong in our lives, that God has a perfect plan for us that is for the best for us. And that when we’re in these negatives moments we can be reminded that we have hope. We have a God who loves us beyond comprehension, knows us better than we know ourselves, and is our hope when it seems like there’s none.
Is there a Bible verse for you that you feel like God speaks to you through?