Plans for Good (not for disaster)

Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT) “For I know the plans I have for you” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”

Injury is just a part of the game, especially as a shredder. When I was in Bosnia on a trip, I was skating with locals in a city square. I went to do a trick I had done many times before, so I felt totally safe and invincible. But before I could even realize, my feet were above my head, and I was forming a ‘folded-lawnchair’ pose in the air as my board flew away. Hitting the ground, pain shot up my back and down my leg. Immediately, it became difficult to walk, let alone skate. The following weeks involved frustration with a body that was slow to heal and a fear of the unknown (“What if I can never skate the same again?”)

Life is weird that way. At the most unexpected times, when we feel our safest and most confident, stuff can change quickly.

For me, the whole thought of having “a future and a hope” put me at a great peace. I knew that someone’s got me. As a shredder or skater, injury is a real part of the game we play. At any moment, no matter how talented or gifted, one weird fall can take all plans or dreams away. That fear is a real one, but it’s one God can bring peace if we let Him in. How sweet is that? No matter what happens, God has a plan for our lives, and we can have hope in the future that God has for us. No matter what happens (if you taco a rail, scorpion, or do great), God’s got a plan, and we can look forward to it. We can have hope in it.


1) Have you ever had an experience in life where you feel like you’re on a plan for disaster? What about for good?
2) Have you had experiences in life where you’ve had to trust that God has a good plan for you?
3) In what parts of your life could you trust God’s plan even more?

By Zach Creighton | Calgary, Canada

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