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. Jeremiah 29:11

I love working in Uganda. The people seem to wake up in the morning expecting God to do something wonderful. On Sunday morning, the preacher begins his sermon with, “God is good.” The people respond, “All the time.” He continues, “All the time.” And the people say, “God is good.” Then together everyone finishes, “Because that is his nature.” God’s nature is goodness, and that is what they believe.

Do we begin our days thinking of God’s goodness and watching for signs of his presence? Do we expect God to be present in our day? Have you noticed that our days usually follow the outlook of our mornings? We look for God, and he shows up; we grouse around in the morning, and the day is filled with gloom.

As I’ve thought about this the last couple of days, I’ve become aware of the God-sightings that have brought joy. Yesterday, I had an delightful outing with someone I love and enjoy, a gift from my Father. Then today as I was praying for expertise to help with a ministry we’ve undertaken, I looked across the room and saw an architect and his designer wife. When I approached them, I discovered that they already had an interest in the ministry and were happy to be engaged.

I think expectations might have something to do with relationship. If we, as good parents, want to do good for our children, how much more does our heavenly Father desire to exceed our expectations? How many good things does he have planned for us that we fail to see because we don’t expect him to appear? We don’t expect his goodness?

His plans are for our good, to give us a future and a hope. That’s his nature.

Sweetest Father, may we remember that you are good and love to bless us. Thank you for what you’ve done and for what you have planned for our future. Amen.