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Fearing the Future?

Apr. 28, 2023

Contributed by Kahu Kalani Wong, KS Maui

Heluhelu Baibala/Bible Reading

No ka mea, ua ʻike nō wau i nā manaʻo aʻu e manaʻo nei iā oukou, wahi a Iēhova, he mau manaʻo no ka hoʻomalu, ʻaʻole no ke ʻāhewa, e hāʻawi iā ʻoukou i hope maikaʻi, a me ka hoʻolana.- Ieremia 29:11

For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for prosperity and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.- Jeremiah 29:11

He Manaʻo o ke Kahu Kalani Wong, KS Maui

The final Christian Ed project for Kamehameha Schools Maui seniors is to write a devotional on a topic that is near and dear to them. Some have chosen to write about the anxiety they’ve had to deal with because of COVID. Others considered how to be better stewards of the ‘āina. But many have pondered their future. They have mixed emotions about what is to come. Some of it is fear of leaving their home, their families, and friends. But there is also the excitement of something new that awaits. As they looked for an appropriate scripture, Jeremiah 29:11 has been the go-to passage.

This prophecy by Jeremiah to the Hebrew people assured them that though they were in a difficult place in their lives at that moment, God has something great in store for them. Forced to leave the Promised Land and to live in other lands as foreigners made the people feel like God had abandoned them. Jeremiah assures them that was not the case, that things look bleak now, God has a future that will enable the people to prosper. These words have been an assurance to our seniors and help them to look for the hope that awaits them in foreign lands, in places unknown to them but know to God.

An honor that I have had as kahu of KS Maui, was to journey alongside a number of Papa Kou who have been in a place of despair due to loss of a loved one, sudden changes in their life situation, or needing to work through a difficulty that seemed insurmountable. This passage helped these individuals see that like the Hebrew people, they too would have a future of hope. Likewise, as you go through times of challenge, know that God’s plan for us is not one of harm but of hope. When things seem dark, put your faith in the one who knows your future.

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