I decided to search the island for a spring to quench my thirst. As I
passed under vibrant green vines, there before me was a tiny pool of
crystal clear-water surrounded by periwinkle blossoms. Cupping my hands in
the water and lifting it to my lips, I drank and was refreshed.
Suddenly, the surface of the water rippled, though no wind blew this far
inland. I gazed intently as a picture formed in the water. I blinked
twiceit was me! First as a baby, next as a toddler, then the day my
parents proudly held the Growing Ceremony and our whole town came to
celebrate. This went on and on, snapshots of my life, the good and the bad.
Tears filled my eyes and coursed down my cheeks. “Could it be true? This
feeling I’ve had all my life that Someone knows me Someone cares about
every intimate detail of my existence?” Yes, My Child! The answer was
immediate, warm and soft. I knew in the depths of my soul that it was the
Presence. I created you, and I love youyou are wonderfully made. My
heart felt as though it would explode in joy.
I am the Author of Life. A bright light swelled around me, and a large
book gilded with gold appeared in the pool. You see, all the days ordained
for you were written in My book before one of them came to be. You were
created to be in relationship with Me. I will never leave you or forsake
you, my precious one.
The book flipped to the next page, but I found I could not decipher what
was written on it. “Is this my future? Can I not know it?” I felt the
Author’s smile surround me like an embrace. I know the plans I have for
youthey are to give you hope and a future. Your purpose is to seek me, and
I promise that you will find me. Savannah Coleman
God made you and knows you completely. No matter how far you roam,
nothing can separate you from His love (Romans 8:39; Hebrews 13:5). How can
these truths give you hope as you look back on your past and forward to
The purpose of our life is to know Godand He has made this possible
through Jesus’s death and resurrection. Jesus is the author of life (Acts
3:15), and He will fulfill His purpose for us (Psalm 57:2). If you have
questions about what it means to know God, see our “Know Jesus” page.
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to give
you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me,
and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me
with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:11-13 (NIV)