This week I discovered an interesting echo in Jeremiah from Psalm 1:
𝘖𝘩, 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘫𝘰𝘺𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘴𝘦 𝘸𝘩𝘰 𝘥𝘰 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘧𝘰𝘭𝘭𝘰𝘸 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘢𝘥𝘷𝘪𝘤𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘶𝘯𝘨𝘰𝘥𝘭𝘺,
𝘰𝘳 𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘢𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘥 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘴𝘪𝘯𝘯𝘦𝘳𝘴, 𝘰𝘳 𝘫𝘰𝘪𝘯 𝘪𝘯 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘴𝘤𝘰𝘧𝘧𝘦𝘳𝘴.
𝘉𝘶𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘺 𝘥𝘦𝘭𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘭𝘢𝘸 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘓𝘖𝘙𝘋,
𝘮𝘦𝘥𝘪𝘵𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘰𝘯 𝘪𝘵 𝘥𝘢𝘺 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘯𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵.
𝘛𝘩𝘦𝘺 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘭𝘪𝘬𝘦 𝘵𝘳𝘦𝘦𝘴 𝘱𝘭𝘢𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘢𝘭𝘰𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘳𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘣𝘢𝘯𝘬,
𝘣𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘧𝘳𝘶𝘪𝘵 𝘦𝘢𝘤𝘩 𝘴𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘰𝘯.
𝘛𝘩𝘦𝘪𝘳 𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘷𝘦𝘴 𝘯𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳,
𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘺 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘴𝘱𝘦𝘳 𝘪𝘯 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘺 𝘥𝘰.
. . .
𝘉𝘭𝘦𝘴𝘴𝘦𝘥 𝘪𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘸𝘩𝘰 𝘵𝘳𝘶𝘴𝘵𝘴 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘓𝘖𝘙𝘋,
𝘸𝘩𝘰𝘴𝘦 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘧𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘪𝘴 𝘪𝘯 𝘏𝘪𝘮.
𝘛𝘩𝘦𝘺 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘣𝘦 𝘭𝘪𝘬𝘦 𝘢 𝘵𝘳𝘦𝘦 𝘱𝘭𝘢𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘣𝘺 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘸𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘳
𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘴𝘦𝘯𝘥𝘴 𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘪𝘵𝘴 𝘳𝘰𝘰𝘵𝘴 𝘣𝘺 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘮.
𝘐𝘵 𝘥𝘰𝘦𝘴 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘧𝘦𝘢𝘳 𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘵 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘴;
𝘪𝘵𝘴 𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘷𝘦𝘴 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘢𝘭𝘸𝘢𝘺𝘴 𝘨𝘳𝘦𝘦𝘯.
𝘐𝘵 𝘩𝘢𝘴 𝘯𝘰 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘴 𝘪𝘯 𝘢 𝘺𝘦𝘢𝘳 𝘰𝘧 𝘥𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩𝘵
𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘯𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳 𝘧𝘢𝘪𝘭𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘣𝘦𝘢𝘳 𝘧𝘳𝘶𝘪𝘵.
. . .
𝘏𝘦𝘢𝘭 𝘮𝘦, 𝘓𝘖𝘙𝘋, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘐 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘣𝘦 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘦𝘥;
𝘴𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘮𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘐 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘣𝘦 𝘴𝘢𝘷𝘦𝘥,
𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘠𝘰𝘶 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘖𝘯𝘦 𝘐 𝘱𝘳𝘢𝘪𝘴𝘦,
𝘠𝘰𝘶 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘱𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘰𝘧 𝘭𝘪𝘷𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘸𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘳.
Jeremiah was called to very difficult, heartbreaking work. He pleaded with a seemingly indifferent nation of Israel to return to the LORD, to follow His commands, to enjoy the life and blessing that would result from that choice. To no avail.
Their lack of response did not diminish the truth he spoke, the LORD’s own words for His people. When our roots grow deep into the bedrock of confident trust in our GOD, we can and will stand strong against any storm. Though conditions may deteriorate, we can still thrive.
Once again, His Spirit is putting before me the idea of being unshaken! May He continue to draw my heart into a place of deeper and deeper trust in the LORD – a place of not just surviving the challenges that come, but thriving within them!
The LORD will hold me fast. He is the living spring who will speak fresh life over me. He is the One who will grant joy and blessing on this journey!