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The Plans of a Fool

God guarantees to give us all the power we need to fulfil his purposes.

Introduction

My wedding ring is inscribed with one of my favourite verses in the Bible: Jeremiah 29:11, maybe you may know what it says already. It talks about God’s plan, because I believe God had a plan for my life when I met Zoe.

I remember the first time I saw her as she walked into a working men’s club where I was playing snooker. Then she walked right out again, and she was wearing a sheepskin jacket and I turned to the guy who I was playing snooker with and I was like, “Who was that?”

That could have been the last I ever saw of her. But thank God he had a plan, and she was and is so much a part of the plan.

This Bible I am holding is the one that she gave me not long after we met to help me see that actually, no - I was not a Christian, just because I was trying my best to be a good person (well most of the time I was, sometimes I wasn’t trying very hard to be good at all) but that I was a sinner who needed a Saviour.

As a police officer I could always point to this person or that one I’d arrested and feel better than them rather than deal with me. But she underlined for me one verse which became my life verse ever since: Mark 8:34 - Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.”

That showed me and told me that there was a plan Jesus had for me, and that it started with me not following the crowd but becoming a disciple, saying yes to whatever I had to bear as I followed him every step. It told me that following would cost me—to not just going the way of the crowd.

Soren Kierkegaard said, “Life can only be understood looking backwards but has to be lived ...

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Anthony Delaney is a Leader at Ivy Church in Manchester. He is also the leader for New Thing and the LAUNCH conference. He is an author and hosts the television show “Transforming Life.”

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