Have you ever craved something so badly, that it was the only thing that consumed your mind? Ice cream seems like a great example to use to illustrate my point because ummm hello? Who doesn’t like ice cream, am I right?
So imagine it’s one of those insanely hot summer days and all you can think about is how hot it is today and how good ice cream would be on a day like today. Every break you have at work all you can do is think about that decadent chocolate ice cream with the smooth, creamy peanut butter swirl in your favorite waffle cone. Finally your shift is over and you race to your favorite cute little ice cream shop on the corner, but are discouraged when you see the line wraps around the building. Everyone must have had the same idea as you. You decide to wait it out anyways because you have been thinking about sinking your teeth in the cold, smooth ice cream and that crunchy waffle cone all day. It’s finally your turn to order, but the sweet lady ringing you up lets you know that they currently do not have any more Chocolate Peanut Butter ice cream. What!?! You have been thinking about enjoying your favorite ice cream all day, how can this be? You scramble to choose another flavor and settle for just plain chocolate. You go back to your car disappointed and try to enjoy your new flavor, but it just isn’t doing it for you. You aren’t satisfied.
Okay, I know that is a cheesy little example, but there is some truth to that story. How many times do we find ourselves fixated on something we believe we must have or is the best thing for us? This thing ends up consuming our lives and it is all we can think about. That is why it is especially hard when things don’t work out. You don’t receive that job promotion, that guy or gal ends up not feeling the same way about you, or your favorite ice cream shop runs out of your favorite flavor. Disappointment isn’t fun and it is important that we don’t end up living in our disappointment. It is important to remember that God has a specific plan unique to you. Here are 10 bible verses that I hope remind you that God’s purpose for you is greater than Chocolate Peanut Butter ice cream.
- “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” – Isaiah 55: 8-9
- “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
- The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. – Psalm 34: 18
- And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. – Romans 8: 28
- Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. – Isaiah 40: 28-31
- And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen. – 1 Peter 5: 10-11
- Weeping may remain for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning. – Psalm 30: 5
- The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave or forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. – Deuteronomy 30: 8
- “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” – Matthew 11: 28- 30
- For I can do all things through Christ, who gives me strength. – Philippians 4: 13