“For I alone 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.”
I used to be afraid that if I surrendered everything to God that he would send me to Africa, and I would have to live on potted meat with no hot water and a million mosquitoes. I was afraid that if I jumped into the deep end with God, He would take away everything I truly loved and valued. Fifteen years ago, at the place called “rock bottom,” I risked it all on God, and I jumped. And I can truly say that God has taken away things. God has taken away my sin and guilt, my feelings of unworthiness, and my endless days of trying to be ‘enough.’ God has taken away and will continue to take away everything keeping me from His best life He had planned for me. And then God poured in. God poured in peace, satisfaction, purpose, and a nicer me and real friends. I jumped, and God gave me more than I ever imagined.
– Virginia Thompson