God’s Plan

The love of God a perfect plan
Is planning now for thee
It holds “a future and a hope,”
Which yet thou canst not see.

 Though for a season, in the dark,
He asks thy perfect trust,
E’en that thou in surrender “lay
Thy treasure in the dust,”

 Yet He is planning all the while,
Unerringly He guides
The life of him, who holds His will
More dear than all besides.

Trust were not trust if thou couldest see
The ending of the way,
Nor couldst thou learn His songs by night,
Were life one radiant day.

Amid the shadows here He works
The plan designed above,
“A future and a hope” for thee
In His exceeding love.

“A future” – of abiding fruit
With loving kindness crowned;
“A hope” – which shall thine own transcend,
As Heaven the earth around.

Though veiled as yet, one day thine eyes
Shall see His plan unfold;
And clouds that darkened once the path
Shall shine with Heaven’s gold.

Enriched to all eternity
The steadfast soul shall stand,
That, “unoffended,” trusted Him,
Who all life’s pathway planned.

 “I know the plans, which I am planning for you, plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT)

This poem was written by Freda Hanbury Allen in a book called “Springs in the Valley” published in 1939.  During a very troubled time in my life when I felt I needed to lay “my treasure” down,  reading those words gave me courage. I don’t know what you are facing at the moment but I trust this will bless you. Throughout life there may be many “treasures” we will lay at the feet of Jesus. It may be a relationship, a career or anything we prize greatly. Yet, God often replaces the silver with gold and it truly is beyond anything we could have imagined.

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About Rose Spillenaar Harmer

Rose is a retired marriage and family therapist and speaks on subjects related to prayer, spirituality, marriage and mental health. She travels throughout North America and one of her favorite subjects is "listening to God" through scripture, sermons and the still, inaudible voice of the Holy Spirit. She writes a weekly devotional called listeningtohear.wordpress.com
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