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01/05/2010 / John Hanna


Yesterday two things changed in my life.

First, my second year lectures at IBC ended; and second, my ‘Professional Placement’ at DBC ended (along with my IBC title of ‘Student Assistant’ – whatever that means!). Even though yesterday wasn’t my last day at IBC or DBC, this change in life puts several things into perspective.

It’s times like this that we pause to explore the panoramic (complete 360 degrees representations) of our lives, assessing every detail, seeking to unlock information about our futures, and discover things about God’s leading that remain tantalizingly out of sight during the busyness of life. It’s times like this that I’m reminded of Jer. 29:11:

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. (Jer. 29:11)

In this verse God’s plans for the exiles is welfare (Hb. shalom), not evil, or “calamity.” Having sought Babylon’s shalom, the exiles will receive God’s shalom in the form of a future and a hope in their homeland.

Pausing to assess the panoramics of life allows us to refocus, re-equip, and rejuvenate and ultimately reflect on God and his welfare.

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