Scripture for today is Jeremiah 29:11.
So here are the quick facts about this Scripture:
* The Book of Jeremiah is found in the Old Testament
* He is a prophet, or one who is regarded as an inspired teacher or proclaimer of the will of God. (Holy Cow! What a job to speak on behalf of God.. and know for a fact that God told you to say it!)
*While Jeremiah is preaching/teaching he is talking to the people of Israel living in Exile. Living in exile means that they were banished or separated from some thing or some place, either voluntarily or by force. For the people of Israel this means they were kicked out of their Promised Land (aka the land God had promised them with Moses and the whole 40 years surviving the dessert).
*Jeremiah is giving some good lessons to the people of Israel about how to live in exile. More importantly how to live with faith during a tough time.
So hopefully, some of the facts on this scripture have already gotten you thinking about your own life, and how these words of scripture might help you or encourage you. Can you imagine how hard it was for the people of Israel to survive all that they had survived moving in to your cozy new promise land, and then getting kicked out!!! And then these big bullies who kicked them out Babylonians didn't just leave them alone.. they kept on bullying them.
Jeremiah said they did a whole lot of crying.. and crying is good! Crying is what you are suppose to do when times are tough and you have lost some big things. Jesus cried. So, we all have to take some time to let it all out and have a good cry.
After you are done mourning, crying, getting out all your frustration. Then Jeremiah tells us to TRUST in God again. He says we have to go back to living our lives. I think going back to living our lives is a way of taking baby steps towards having faith again. If you plant a little seed, water it, care for it, and come back to see if it grows.. that is how Faith works too. If you have lost some of your trust in God because of being disappointed and losing that what was promised to you.. then you have to start rebuilding your trust with some baby steps and you have to pay attention. So pray, and plant a little seed. Keep believing in that seed by water it and checking on it. Take the time to carefully watch and see how God is letting that see grow and how God is working in your life. You have to slowly let hope back into your life and trust that God has good things planned for your life. That doesn't meant there won't be more hard times for sure.. Because God has a jar ready to catch our every tear and heartbreak.. but God will be there. God is worthy of our trust. God is the only thing that will carry us through every step of our journey.
So.. I know right now we can't even imagine what God can do in our lives! But it is going to be exciting and never what we expected.