I have titled and re-titled this blog post about 5 times. I have no idea what to call “it.”
- How do you put into words that your heart is about to burst out of your chest?
- How do you put into words that you’ve kept a secret for 5+ weeks, and you’re so glad to let it out?
- How do you put into words that you are so in awe of God that there are no words to accurately describe what you’re feeling?
I have waited 5 weeks to write this post. I have no idea what I’m going to write (I probably should’ve started it 5 weeks ago, just to keep my thoughts straight), but oh well. My heart is bursting with so many emotions; I cannot describe all that I feel, and no matter what I
write type, I don’t think it will ever adequately explain how blessed we are.
But, before I begin…..
I’ve never actually read much of the book of Lamentations. Just knowing it is based off of the root word lament has got to be somewhat of a “Debbie Downer”–I mean lament means to express sorrow, mourning, to mourn aloud, to wail….and yet reading it today gave me hope. It gave me a different perspective on life that I had not seen before.
- It gave me a peace.
- It gave me assurance.
- It gave me life.
Jeremiah wrote the book of Lamentations after observing what happened when King Nebuchadnezzar (king of the Babylonians) destroyed the city and took the people (Israelites) into captivity (2 Kings 24:1-17).
Although devastated by the actions of King Nebuchadnezzar (and that the Lord would all this to happen), Jeremiah remembers and remains faithful to God’s promises that He made to the children of Israel.
Lamentations 3:31-33 says, “For the Lord will not reject us forever. Even if He causes suffering, He will show compassion according to His abundant, faithful love. For He does not enjoy bringing affliction or suffering on mankind.”
So, there is a ray of hope for Jeremiah. He sees and understands that the Lord is faithful to those who trust in Him.
Before that passage, in verses 19-25, Jeremiah speaks and says, “I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall. I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me. Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, ‘The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.’ The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him.” (emphasis mine).
eye heart was drawn to the word Yet. (vs 21a) “Yet this I call to mind and therefore…..”
Verse twenty-one is a call to hope. (vs. 21b) “….therefore I have hope.”
It’s good news….It’s a second chance…..It’s NOT over…..It’s HOPE!
***I’ve tried, over the last few minutes to use the word yet in a sentence, similar to how it was used in this passage. And, what I’ve noticed is….I can’t say the word yet without raising my eyebrows and widening my eyes. It’s a glimmer of hope. My eyes shine when I say it. You can’t help it (trust me, try it)….***
• You have been diagnosed with cancer, and yet, we have good news.
• Your car was in an accident, and yet, you have insurance.
• Your daughter was late coming home from the movies, and yet, she’s OK.
• You lost your job, and yet, you have a friend who knows someone who’s looking to hire.
See….there’s HOPE! There’s a light at the end of the tunnel.
- Jeremiah knew, despite what had happened, that God was faithful and just and He would see him through.
- Jeremiah knew, despite what had happened, that God was a loving God and He would see him through.
- Jeremiah knew, despite what had happened, that God was a good God and He would see him through.
There was hope. There is hope. There will be hope.
For those who wait on Him.
I found this great song by Jason Upton called “I Will Wait” I’m not familiar with him (or the song) but I loved the lyrics….
“I believe in the word that promises me, so I will wait another day.
I will wait for you, Jesus. You’re the son in my horizon. All my hopes in you, Jesus; I can see you now arising.
I will wait for you. Oh I will wait for you. Oh the doubt may try to come in; The disillusions may try to come in
I believe oh Lord (x3), in the word that you promised (x3)
I believe it will not end. I believe it will not go
I will wait for you, Jesus. You’re the son in my horizon. All my hopes in you, Jesus; I can see you now arising”
It’s a beautiful song of hope, of promise, of redemption, and of peace, for those who wait on Him.
We have waited. For a time, we have waited. And now we “….know what is the hope of His calling….” (Ephesians 1:18a) for our lives.
Paul has been offered a job at Great Oaks Camp BACK in Lacon, IL, and he has accepted it!
We could not be more excited—we have been waiting for the Lord, trusting in His timing, and it is here!
We have known since August 21st (when we were in Illinois for vacation) but told no one, except for our immediate families. Now, 5 weeks later, because we have told FBC Giddings, the news is public.
Paul’s last Sunday at FBC will be Sunday, October 12th, two weeks from today! We will have a little bit of time between finishing up our ministry at FBC and moving. We will not actually move until Sunday, November 2nd.
I’ll have more details later, but for now,
“I pray that the perception of your mind may be enlightened so you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the glorious riches of His inheritance among the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of His power to us who believe, according to the working of His vast strength.”