“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
When Hurricane Gilbert hit the Louisiana coast in 1998, it was considered the “Storm of the Century.” It battered the shoreline. Many shrimp boats were lost, causing great concern for families dependent on shrimping for their livelihood.
One shrimp boat owner was interviewed by the local news. He was asked how the storm would impact the shrimpers. With the devastation of Hurricane Gilbert as a backdrop, this man said, “Well, there is a good side. The storm will have stirred up the bottom of the ocean, making for better shrimping once we’re able to get back out there.”
Even the darkest storms we face give us a reason to hope. Whether it’s the loss of a loved one, health problems, or financial difficulties, we can have hope that God is in the middle of those storms working for our good and His glory.
If you’re not in a storm today, you will be at some point. So remember that even in those storms, God gives you a hope and a future!
Pray that God would remain your one true hope even in the toughest seasons of life!
Questions for Thought
Think back on the storms you’ve encountered in your life. Where did you see God’s blessings in those seasons of life?
How might God be working out a tough circumstance you’re in today for your good?