A Word from God through Mike
First of all, thank you for all your prayers and support for Carol and me at this time.
This is a word that I received from God on Wednesday 14th October. Please pray for us, that we will live well in God at this time.
On the day that the oncologist was coming to talk with me about my treatment plan, my Bible Gateway verse for the day was Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you", says the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
This is often used as a verse of general encouragement. However, looking at it in context, it is not what the Israelites wanted to hear. They had just been taken into exile in Babylon and were hoping to soon return home. God, through Jeremiah, tells them that they will not be returning home soon. They are to settle in their new home where He will bless them with peace and prosperity.
I don’t feel that Carol and I have been taken into exile but we have certainly been moved out of our comfort zone; there will be no quick return. But God wants to bless us in this new situation; He wants us to “live well in Him", that others would see and “seek an answer to the hope that we have". The house built on the sand and the house built on the rock look the same when the weather is fine; it is only in the storm that the house built on the rock is seen as safe and secure.
I do not know how God will do this; I do not need to know because He holds the plan for my life. I just pray for the grace and Holy Spirit power to “live well in Him" each day and He will do the rest.