Jeremiah 29:10-14

I will start by saying the struggle is real. The past almost year has been a challenge to say the least; most notably the past several weeks. I’ve neglected my responsibilities writing for the blog because I’ve been bogged down (blogged down?) by work responsibilities. But tonight, I’m wedging in a few minutes to write for the first time in a few weeks. 

I was struggling with what to write for tonight, so while I was working through writer’s block, I decided to scroll through social media for a few minutes. That’s when I stumbled across this post from someone I grew up with. Although I don’t believe that this statement is true 100% of the time, I do believe without a doubt that we need to trust God’s role in our lives. 

Let me explain further. The idea that life is what it is and it can’t be any different isn’t completely true. Like if I am trying to keep up with my New Year’s Resolution (that I don’t ever actually make) to lose weight, but then choose to eat an entire quart of ice cream after a stressful day at work, I know that “it” could have turned out differently. I could have exercised a little more self-control and maybe allowed myself a single scoop of ice cream rather than the whole tub. 

But there are other things that just happen, and they are out of our control and there is no other way around it. That pretty much sums up my fall from late September through Thanksgiving. There were some things that happened that were not in anyone’s control. There isn’t any good explanation for why those things happened like they did. It would be easy to be angry, anxious, depressed. Question why that happened? Why us? And although things are definitely on an upward trend right now, the next near-tragedy could be lurking just around the corner. 

God has a way of challenging us and our faith. It doesn’t always make sense. At times, it is downright painful and difficult to understand. There are times when it is easier to throw our hands up and say “I give up!” But we have to remember that God has a plan for us. 

In Jeremiah 29, God was about to send Israel into exile for quite some time. The significance of 70 years can’t go unnoticed. In those days, that many years would mean that more than one generation likely will have passed before they were freed and able to return to their homeland. I can only imagine how stressful that would have been to have to up and leave home. I could imagine that it involved not knowing where the next meal would come from, or where people would find safe shelter. Not for a day or two, but for generations. 

Right now, in our very own country, we’ve had many trials and tribulations in the past year (or more I suppose, depending on who you are talking to). None of what has been going on makes much sense most of the time. We can shout out things like “Why God?” or “When will this end?” But at the end of the day, we have to trust that we will get through this. 

I love history. Whether it is reading about it, or watching a documentary or even a movie based on a historical event, I find it all fascinating. And the interesting thing is that much of what we have endured in the past year isn’t new nor the first time some of these things have happened. And yet, here we are. I’m sure there will be things that will change. Some for the better, some not I’m sure. But what matters most is where we place our trust. 

I definitely trust God way more than I trust the humans running any governmental agency. I trust God way more than I trust any talking head I see on TV or read about. I don’t know what His plan is for the future. It may go more smoothly eventually, or we may be just at the tip of the iceberg here. Either way, I know that I trust Him. And I hope you do too.