Today I read a very poignant article in the New York Times, “I’m Black. Does America Have a Plan for My Life?” by Chris Lebron 

In this article Mr. Lebron raises several questions about being black in America that many young blacks may be asking today: “Does America Have a Plan for My Life?” “I am racially black and I live in America, which raises the question: Will I live as long as I intend?”

This is a very thought provoking article. 

As a mother of two young adult black males, I know the risk of my sons being black in America, such as poverty, racial injustice, crime, drug addiction, police brutality and many other social ills. I also know others may feel America may not have a plan for their lives, but God has a plan for them.  He saw and knew them in my womb before they were born.  “For You did form my inward parts; You did knit me together in my mother’s womb.” Psalm 139:13  He knows the number of their days.  He determines them.

Man does not know the plan, because it has not been revealed yet.  God told Jeremiah, “For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.” Jeremiah 29:11

Jeremiah said, “Before I was formed in the womb, God knew me (Jeremiah 1:5). God knew Jeremiah even before his body was formed in his mother's womb. black-mother-and-baby

Over 250,000 people, including thousands of whites, gathered at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. on August 28, 1963. Martin Luther King Jr., gave his famous  "I Have a Dream" speech.  I believe this was a prophetic dream and that dream has not died, so I want to share a few of the things spoken during his speech I feel are still relevant to today:

“When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the "unalienable Rights" of "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note, insofar as her citizens of color are concerned.”

King also said: “Nineteen sixty-three is not an end, but a beginning.”  Nineteen sixty-three was a beginning and we cannot turn back. I grew up in the 60’s when racial injustice was threatening.  When a black man had a dream and could see beyond the present circumstances into the future.  That speech was delivered fifty-three years ago in 1963. As result of this dream, I along with my siblings went to a predominantly "white" school during a time when being "black" or "Negro" wasn’t popular, and you were surely called the "N" word, but years later I’ve come to realize that was a part of God’s plan for me and that experience has equipped me to withstand many trial and tribulations.  A little black girl, only eight years old, alone in a sea of white faces who by the grace of God sat confidently in a classroom where she was unwelcomed.  But I was not alone.

We may not be living the fullness of the dream, but I press on in faith. America may have defaulted on the promise but as believers we can persevere in faith. God has not defaulted on His promise.   I am not ashamed of the gospel because it is the power of God unto salvation.  It not only saves the soul, it saves the lives of all who will believe and receive.

Again, the question arises: “Will I live as long as I intend?”

There is much about death we do not know, for God hasn’t chosen to answer all our questions about it. But we do know this: Someday we will all die—and the real question is, are we prepared for that day?  We can be, by giving our lives to Christ and trusting Him to forgive and save us.  Jesus came to give us life and give us life more abundantly. When we give our lives to Christ, then we can say with the psalmist, “My times are in your hands” (Psalm 31:15).

“I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight; "and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together." –Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today, God is calling forth His own - Abraham, Moses, Joshua, Jeremiah, Isaiah, John, Joseph, and Paul. Deborah, Esther, Ruth, Mary and many others, just as He called the great giants of faith in the book of Hebrews. "All these people were still living by faith when they died," just as King was and all those who marched on Washington in 1963. "They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth." Hebrews 11:13 

 

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“This is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.” Acts 2:17

In the words of Martin Luther King: “Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God's children.” “It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment.” “…if America is to be a great nation, this must become true.”

I would say to every young black male and female today, “God is thinking about you and has a plan for your life. God chose you before you were born and His plan for your life will be fulfilled!”

Published by Dr. A. Francine Green