Chapter-a-Day Jeremiah 29

“I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for. When you call on me, when you come and pray to me, I’ll listen. When you come looking for me, you’ll find me. Yes, when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, I’ll make sure you won’t be disappointed.” Jeremiah 29:11-12 (MSG)

When I was a little child, my parents would tell me to get in the car. I didn’t know where we were going. I didn’t know the names of the streets, the layout of the city, or how to read a map. I would get in the car. Maybe I was going with dad to get a haircut. Maybe we were going to the grocery store. Maybe I’d end up at the doctor to get an immunization shot, or perhaps I’d find myself at Grandma and Grandpa’s house.

“Tommy? Get in the car,” my mother would say.

“Come on, biddy buddy. It’s time to go,” my dad would beckon.

I didn’t know where I would end up, but I didn’t really question my parents. I knew I was loved. I couldn’t fathom the plans my parents had for me on that Saturday morning errand or how it fit in the longer range vision they had for my childhood or adolesence. But they had a plan and they loved me. I trusted.

To this day, I don’t always fathom where my heavenly Father is taking me. I can’t always perceive his plan, or how my momentary circumstances fit into the larger picture. But, I know he loves me, that He wants the best for me. I trust him.

“Come on, Tom. This way. It’s time.”

“Alright, daddy. I’m coming.”

Creative Commons photo courtesy of Flickr and dacotahsgirl

3 thoughts on “Chapter-a-Day Jeremiah 29”

  1. Well said, Taylor. EXACTLY right. When Nebuchadnezzar took Daniel and the rest of the exiles to Babylon, I’ll bet they couldn’t fathom that it was really God saying “Come with me. This is where I want you to go. I have a purpose for you in this.”

  2. We read this scripture at small group the other night. We discussed how everyone has had this verse written to us in a graduation card, or just heard it a million times. But how often do we ignore the context in which it was written? While we like to think of it as a cute, happy, “Oh, my life is going to be full of such awesome things” kind of scripture, the reality is God said this to the Israelites after he had told them to forget about the promised land for now because you’re going to be captive in Babylon and you will settle down there and serve to prosper the city of your exile. Not exactly what the Israelites had in mind, I’m sure. Just a wonderful reminder that God’s plans to prosper us and give us hope rarely feel that way initially.

  3. 3The letter was carried by Elasah son of Shaphan and Gemariah son of Hilkiah, whom Zedekiah king of Judah had sent to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon.

    I love reading Scripture. Each day new truths and events are revealed to me that I have never noticed before. Today’s chapter focuses on a great letter. Buried in the text is this verse. The letter was carried by Elasah and Gemariah. OK? Who cares? Two seemingly insignificant humans who are mentioned in God’s Message. It reminds me that we each have a place in God’s work. Some are more visible and obvious, others are quietly behind the scenes. Sometimes the same people may have both roles at different times in their lives. I know personally, I struggle at times with the notion that I may be having kingdom impact. I am reminded today that we don’t always know the impact we are having and to embrace each role, each day, with an attitude of service to God. I am trying to do that more today.

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