The Lord himself makes his people refugees and drives them into captivity. Aware of their feelings of abandonment and confusion, God sends Jeremiah with a letter of good news for them.
We read God's promises with great anticipation, longing to dwell on these promised mountain peaks. We may ask in the meantime, however, "If God is taking me to the top, why am I headed downhill?" But the path to the peak is neither always straight nor always straight up.
"It was a God thing, really. There's no way I would've gotten it without him."
Hasina couldn't help overhearing these words coming from the next table during the church lunch. Good for him, she thought ruefully. I know he's wanted that job for a while. But that's not what she really wanted to say aloud.
She really wanted to lean over and ask, "I'm sorry, but could you please clarify for me when something is a â€˜God thing' and when it's not? I busted my rear end and struggled to pay for college while juggling two part-time jobs. Since graduating, I've searched and searched for a good job but to no avail. Is that a 'God thing' too? Recently, I cleared the first three hurdles of the employment process at one company, only to be derailed by a technicality. Was that a 'God thing'? And you know what really gets me? All this has happened while my mother lies ill, and I'm caring for her. I'm really trying to figure out this 'God thing'!"
Of course, she didn't lean over. She didn't say any of it. As she twirled her cold spaghetti around her plastic fork, she chuckled to herself. God, you promise "hope and a future." I'm just wondering when the future is finally going to get around to the present.