“For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11, NIV

[Jeremiah 29:11] has always been encouraging to me. I do not know whether God’s plans are the same as mine, or whether my meaning of “prosper” is the same as God’s, or if the future for me is the same one I have in mind. But God knows, and that gives me hope. This reminds me of a quote: “Man’s way leads to a hopeless end – God’s way leads to an endless hope.” – Doug Bolton

There are numerous songs written on this verse. One of my favorites is no longer available to the general public, but the words are as follows:

Oh, I know the plans I have for you, I know them very well.
They’re plans for you to prosper and harmlessly to dwell.
For I planned these plans so long ago; you were a twinkle in my eye.
So, why on earth would I let you down? You’re the apple of my eye!

When I called into creation… The stars, the sea, the sky.
When I dearly loved each one of you… That I came to earth to die.
When I walked the dusty Calvary Road… I had YOU on my mind.
I wrote you clearly in my Script… And my future’s great design.

Sometimes, you just can’t see, my child… Just around the bend.
The glory that awaits you… In the blowin’ of MY wind.
So, stay the course, step by step… Holding tightly to my hand.
I’ll never, ever let you go… I’ll guide you through this land.

“I Know the Plans You Have Today” words and music by Judit Hanlon © 2003

Alternative Jeremiah 29:11 songs

Kid’s version: Memory Verse Song – Jeremiah 29:11 by Hillsong Kids

Adult version: For I Know by Tommy Walker

Submitted by Ginny Birky

For further reflection, today we’re reading John 11:1-37 in our community lenten reader