MAKE YOUR PLANS
BUT BE PREPARED FOR A CHANGE IN DIRECTION
|FOR THEM - I DO NOT POST THEIR PICTURES|
There isn’t a day that goes by that we don’t experience some change in direction. We make plans, dream dreams and even believe we are solid in the way we will go for this day. We work with vulnerable youth, hear their promises, their commitment and then we see the struggles they face when they go out into the world.
We have just walked through such a challenge. Three beautiful little ladies – all 15 years of age and all from a “hard place.” They want freedom, yet protection. They seek nurturing and kindness, but settle for exploitation. They have dreams that are grand and hopes that are pure. Yet their paths are hindered by a world waiting for them to expose them to dirt and grime.
Such is the case of many orphans – graduating from the orphanage at a tender age of 14 – put into tech schools with little to no supervision in the dorms, and no skills to cope with the new freedoms they are feelings and wanting desperately to have. And sometimes there is a caring adult waiting in the shadows – praying and hoping for new ideas to turn them around and point them to the light!
I remember a beautiful story from a friend of mine who lives in the USA. She had a daughter that turned to prostitution and her message was the same – over and over to her. “You are a treasure and you are loved deeply. You are always welcome home. We love you.” The pain the mother must have endured for months and even years. Yet the little prodigal daughter returned. Why? Was it because the mother was relentless in her love, in her message and in her understanding of how direction changes daily?
Yes, the direction of this little one as this mother experienced - is to bring us hope ourselves. The plans being made, the dreams being tossed aside – still can lead to a change in direction even for these little 15 years olds we treasure and love.
So we must be relentless and show them they are precious, they have a purpose and a hope and it is not for destruction. It is for a purpose so grand that ALL THEIR DREAMS WILL BE FULFILLED.
AND THIS IS THE REASON JEREMIAH 29:11 EXISTS
THANK YOU FOR CARING AND PRAYING