One day, I sat at my desk reflecting on a Bible verse and message in a card while waiting on a call from the Nominating Committee of the National Association of Junior Auxiliaires. The call was to discuss where I might fit in best on the Board of Directors in 2008/2009. I had indicated an interest in being considered for First Vice President, which would mean leading the Association as President in 2009/2010. It would be a huge responsibility leading an association of 14,000 women in 8 states across the south. The words of the card and the Bible verse at the bottom of it gave me a peace that if I was chosen by the Nominating Committee, God knew it was part of the plan for my life. The card read:
“Just think…you’re here not by chance, but by God’s choosing. His hand formed you and made you the person you are. He compares you to no one else – you are one of a kind. You lack nothing that His grace can’t give you. He has allowed you to be here at this time in history to fulfill his special purpose for this generation.”
‘For I 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.’ Jeremiah 29:11
The call came in, and I had a long conversation with the committee who asked thoughtful, serious questions. I was at peace with whatever decision they made. I knew God had a plan. Later that day, after driving to Memphis to meet a friend, a call came from Carol Caruso. The nominating committee had slated me as First Vice President of NAJA, which meant I was President-Elect. What an overwhelming joy!
What a blessing to know that I would spend the next few years working closely with women who had the same passion as I did about serving children. I know now that God put me in that position for a reason, and it wasn’t to help NAJA. It was for NAJA to bless me. I grew as a person, as a Christian, and as a friend the next two years.
When the email went out that I had been slated as First Vice President, I got a sweet message right away from my friend Jody Clark who lives in Alabama to congratulate me on being slated. At the bottom of Jody’s email was a Bible verse. She had no idea that the verse she chose to share with me was the exact same one that had been on the card I had read before the interview. Jeremiah 29:11 – ‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord!
My friend Amy Mims is a wonderful artist. When I found out she had begun to paint Bible verses on blocks of wood discarded by her mom, who is also a wonderful artist, I asked her to paint that verse for me. It came in the mail today, along with another verse she chose for my step-daughter Lesley who is getting married in a couple of weeks. Now, that verse in Jeremiah sits in my kitchen window so I can reflect on that wonderful memory and the meaning this verse has in my life. What a blessing to know that God knows the plans he has for us – plans to prosper us!