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Thoughts on Jeremiah...

I have been preparing this week for my first wedding ceremony. The marriage of my sister and my best friend...a fairly insane and weighty task. It has been really great though, it has been for me a challenge, but a real priviledge. Its been real emotional too...I have teared up one too many times sitting in front of my laptop in a coffee shop lately. :-)

What has been exciting to me is that I am learning so much about God in all of this. I guess that's typically the case when I prepare to speak, but I never cease to marvel at how God's word literally comes alive when we approach it with an open heart.

This morning the Lord laid this verse on my heart for Heath and Melissa (the one's getting married)

Jeremiah 29:11-13 11 For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

I almost grown when I read this sometimes...its one of those verses that we pass around like spiritual candy. So I had some hesitancy when I went to Jeremiah in my Bible, but as I read a bit further I was struck by the verses that follow

12 Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

The context here is a promise of liberation for Israel from exile in Babylon, the "hope and future" would definitely feel like a promise of something very tangible. But God is after something more, and so promises something more... "you will call...I will listen...you will seek and find." The promise of Jeremiah 29 is not just that God will meet our needs, but it is a promise of and invitation to intimate relationship with YHWH. That's where the real deal is found.