“‘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

Sometimes we read this verse and think that God’s plans are like a street plan or an architect’s building plan which are very rigid. Yet our lives often seem like a series of unconnected hotchpotch events that bares no resemblance to a plan and we begin to think we must have somehow missed God.

However in Psalm 32:8-9 God tells us, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go … Do not be like the horse or the mule, which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle or they will not come to you.” Here we see that God’s plans are not set in concrete. We do have understanding and God expects us to use it. We are not mere pawns that God moves around on a chess board.

We need to see our lives as an adventure story rather than a building plan. An adventure where anything could happen; an adventure that fills us with an expectation of what God might do; an adventure where we may need to take risks; an adventure where we may have to live with ambiguity and insecurity; an adventure where we don’t always know how things are going to turn out. Yet an adventure where God is always in control, instructing us and teaching us as He seeks to guide us in His purposes.

One of the songs we are currently singing in our Sunday School program contains the idea that life is an adventure and reassures us that God is always with us. He sure is.