“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
Have you heard the saying that “even the best laid plans will go wrong”? I retired from the State of Nebraska eight years ago and several co-workers and a few friends from Church asked what my future plans would be? My retirement was early as I had not reached the ‘magic’ age that our world tells us is correct, but I told them that even though the voices in my head telling me to retire may not have be real, but they sure have some good ideas! I have never heard of anybody in Haiti ever retiring. The men and women reach an age where they can no longer put food into their bodies and they go to live with relatives and die; that is not my plan. The attached photo is of some of the children and teachers at the Lutheran school at Bongnol which is located in the Artibonite District. There are just over 60 kids attending school here and for me that a good reason to volunteer my labors for Trinity/HOPE to help feed these children while they learn about Jesus Christ.
As long as my feeble fingers can type out a daily devotion or my body can travel and give a presentation that will help to feed over 24,000 children in Haiti; that is what I will do. What are your plans for retirement? Have you given any thought to helping feed children in Haiti when you retire or even before you pick that date? These kids need you and your talents. Imagine how many could be touched by your life or by your legacy when it is your time to leave this world. I was listening to Amy Grant sing on my MP3 the song ‘I can only imagine’ recently and the words placed thoughts into my steps and mind about what the future will bring.
“I can only imagine what it will be like when I walk by your side. I can only imagine what my eyes will see when your face is before me. I can only imagine; I can only imagine. Surrounded by your glory, what will my heart feel? Will I dance for you Jesus, or in awe of you be still? Will I stand in your presence, or to my knees will I fall? Will I sing Halelluja, will I be able to speak at all? I can only imagine; I can only imagine. I can only imagine when that day comes and I find myself standing in the Son. I can only imagine when all I will do is forever, forever worship you. I can only imagine; I can only imagine. Surrounded by your glory, what will my heart feel? Will I dance for you Jesus, or in awe of you be still? Will I stand in your presence, or to my knees will I fall? Will I sing Halelluja, will I be able to speak at all? I can only imagine; yeah I can only imagine.”
Dear Heavenly Father, you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown. Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Amen.
May God be with you…Jay