“Yes, this is God’s Message: ‘I will certainly bring this huge catastrophe on this people, but I will also usher in a wonderful life of prosperity.” Jeremiah 32:42 (MSG)
Wendy and I spent the weekend in San Antonio, revisiting the city where we honeymooned five years ago. We were supposed to have spent our honeymoon in New Orleans, but then Katrina blew through and our honeymoon plans blew away with the hurricane force winds. So, we ended up in San Antonio.
On Saturday night we decided to go to dinner and a movie. The problem was, we couldn’t get into a restaurant anywhere. From fast food to find dining and everything in between there were long lines and long waits for a table. The mega-plex 350 million screen theatre was packed with long lines for tickets, long lines for popcorn, and packed house.
“Wait a minute,” I said to myself as we stood in the line at the theater, “aren’t we just coming out of an economic recession? Aren’t times still supposed to be tough?”
In reading today’s chapter, I’m reminded of the cycle that I’ve seen repeated over and over again. Tragedy is followed by blessing. Catastrophe is followed by prosperity. Drought is followed by by fruitfulness.
God’s story does not end at the cross. It continues to the empty grave. When we find ourselves in times of struggle, we can remind ourselves that there is a mountaintop on the other end of the valley through which we are plodding.Creative Commons photo courtesy of Flickr and qeenky