For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. (Jeremiah 29:11 NKJV)
Many, O Lord my God, are Your wonderful works
Which You have done;
And Your thoughts toward us
Cannot be recounted to You in order;
If I would declare and speak of them,
They are more than can be numbered. (Psalm 40:5)
I know that God has a great future for me, He is a good, good Father and I am just so blessed, blessed beyond measure to have met Jesus Christ, to have Him call me out of darkness, to simply know Him and I desire to know Him more.
Just moments ago I watch a short clip on the imagination of hope (that you can see above) and I was just inspired to write, to write from my future.
Oh dear, young Zoe,
I know what you’re going through now seems overwhelming almost all the time but trust me, and trust God, it is going to be worth it. Daddy God doesn’t waste a single hurt, and I know it seems as if everything is at a halt and you feel like you’re stuck but you will get out of this, you will rise victorious. There are so many things that you are gaining now that I am so thankful that you’ve persevered and trusted in Daddy’s Word, oh I can tell you from here that Daddy God is a good and faithful God, and you’ll only find yourself in situations where His goodness, His nature comes to overwhelm you instead.
I also know that right now, you are probably distressed over the people around you but you’ll soon find that in the end, His Word still stands, it is seeking Him first, loving Him with all of your heart, your mind, your soul and your strength.
Surely you’d want a glimpse of the future right? So right now, Zoe, five years from now, your skin is completely healed and cleared, in fact, your health is better than ever! Daddy God is so good, He is incredibly good. Are there still struggles, well, I would say that they are more like challenges right now and they will come but you are so much more equipped now to deal with them. I know that things are hard right now, but cling onto Him, who He is, His nature. He is good, isn’t He? He will reveal more things to you in the days to come but right now Zoe, I want you to keep so close to Him, don’t regret the things you didn’t do, there is no point. Your entire life belongs to Him, nothing you do can ever outdo Him. Why? Don’t you realise how big our Daddy is?
I know you want to save the world and probably right now, you’re learning to let that go, that you have no power to save. You’ll come to a place of utter rest and surrender, remember you walk and relationship with God is uniquely differently from everyone else, and you have no rival. The things that God has placed in your heart, it is only for you to carry. Daddy loves you as you are you, Zoe, He calls you beautiful, He calls you light, He calls you His beloved, and yes you are! He loves you beyond measure, beyond what you think is love right now. Now, don’t punish yourself. The fear of God is not the religious kind of fear, but a fear out of your love for Him?
Oh Zoe, the things you struggle with now will only serve to tell a better story. He is the author, and He is good isn’t He? Remember that, His mercy, His love. Fix your eyes on Him, behold Him. You are good, because He is good and He even calls you, very good. Oh Zoe, you can never run from His love for you. I remember you’ll say that to others, now, say that to yourself everyday. So much of what is happening right now, oh, you’ve no idea how it’ll all turn for good. Zoe, never forget His goodness. Never ever forget that.
Everyday when you wake up, guilt tries to attack you on all the things you are not doing right, just believe in the truth instead and the truth is, you are His daughter and nothing can change that. You are already redeemed. Don’t punish yourself into discipline, live out of Him. Your walk with Him is unique. Keep your good friends close and invest in their lives. Be allergic to guilt, shame, condemnation and regret, be allergic to that Zoe. You are so loved, so loved.
Oh remember, don’t even focus on the enemy. Recognise his ploys but don’t even bother, you’ve already been given authority. In fact Zoe, I want you to live in response to the future. Eat healthily everyday, as much as you can. Continue to exercise but don’t push yourself like you did when you were much younger, I want to you see yourself as how He has told you that you are! If you forget, read this because future you is thanking you! Remember to not punish yourself, why? Because that is not love Zoe, God taught you to love yourself, treat yourself well. He wants you to treat yourself like you are worth it.
In the makings of a great woman Zoe. Your children are amazing, you can look forward to that though yes, a little mess but oh the beauty. Daddy God is in-charge. Look forward Zoe. All His promises are a Yes in Jesus and an Amen in you. Hugs from the future, and yes, you are gorgeous!