The Upper Room devotional reflection for Thursday, April 21, 2022 comes to us from Lei Cao Garcia-Bote of Kuala Lampur, Malaysia
11 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. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you," declares the Lord, "and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you," declares the Lord, "and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile." Jeremiah 29:11-14 NIV
“Trust in the Lord”
We will send our beloved dog Marley to my parents’ house soon. My husband was given a new international assignment by his employer, so we will be moving and cannot take her with us. It is hard sending Marley away, but we are comforted to know that she will be loved by my parents and all the other family members who live near them. While Marley doesn’t have any knowledge of her future, we are preparing everything in her best interests.
I realized that, just like Marley, I am loved and my parent in heaven is preparing everything for me. While it is still hard for me to leave the comfortable life we have in our own country, I can step in uncertainty knowing that God is with me. We may not always understand why things happen the way they do. Sometimes, all we can do is trust and obey God. Through caring for my beloved dog, the Lord has shown me a piece of God’s heart. God is so good! We cannot fully grasp God’s love for us, but our Creator wants us to understand that we are loved and that God cares about our future.
I have moved often throughout my life. Very shortly after my oldest son was born, we moved from California to Tehran, Iran. Although it was challenging to make that move, I have great memories of fascinating culture, profound cultural insights, and great friends. In retrospect, I do believe that God lead us to that place; offered us opportunities to learn and grow; and kept us safe, even when political upheaval threatened our safety. Lei Cao Garcia-Bote reminds me that God is always present with us and loving us, all the time.
Dear Lord, when we cannot understand the things that are happening, give us strength to trust and obey you. Amen.
Lei Cao Garcia-Bote
Someone moving to a new country.
Thought for the Day:
God cares about my future and will prepare your way.