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“Wanna Get Away?”

“Oh, that I had in the desert
    a lodging place for travelers,
so that I might leave my people
    and go away from them….”
Jeremiah 9:2 (NIV)

I had to laugh this morning when I read Jeremiah’s lament. I imagine the ancient prophet weary of his calling, weary of shouting his messages that no one wanted to hear, and weary of people telling him to shut up. I can hear the politicians and institutional religious leaders threatening him and telling him to “tone it down.” I can imagine his own family members rolling their eyes, embarrassed to claim him as a member of the clan. I can envision the ridicule, verbal abuse, and derision he likely faced on a regular basis.

I hear in my head the tagline of those funny Southwest airlines commercials: “Wanna get away?”

My journey has taught me that dealing with people can be incredibly draining no matter what the capacity or relationship. Even Jesus showed signs of weariness and frustration from time to time. Even Jesus had to regularly get away from the crowds to spend time alone or with His inner circle. We all feel the “I gotta get away” blues from time to time. It’s part of the human experience. It’s part of the journey. The need of regular periods of rest is so important for our well-being that God made it part of the Top Ten rules for life.

This morning as I sit alone in the quiet of my study I’m taking comfort in the fact that even the great prophet Jeremiah felt the exhaustion of dealing with people; Even the Son of God needed to regularly get away. I’m not alone, and why should I think that I would be any different?

This is a long journey. Regular rest stops are required.

Chapter-a-Day Jeremiah 9

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“Don’t let the wise brag of their wisdom.
   Don’t let heroes brag of their exploits.
Don’t let the rich brag of their riches.
   If you brag, brag of this and this only:
That you understand and know me.” Jeremiah 9:23 (MSG)

This last week a machine randomly pulled some numbered balls out of a machine and two people immediately became $190 million dollars richer. These two people were no better than anyone else. They did nothing to earn their reward but take a chance.

It’s easy for me to see life as really a big lottery. I was blessed to be born to a loving family in a nice middle-class neighborhood in the middle western part of the richest country in the world. I did nothing to earn this heritage. I was blessed to hear the Message of Jesus told to me as a young person. With the simple act of faith, believing Jesus is who he said he was, and did what he said he did, I am a recipient of God’s unmerited favor; I am given the riches of His his love, forgiveness and blessing. I did nothing to earn this. I am no better than anyone else. I simply believed.

If there is anything I have to brag about it is this:
God has done great things and has been gracious to me.

God, help me today to keep my head on straight about that and act accordingly. Please and thank you.

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