"If you write FOR a particular market or FOR a particular editor you will often miss the mark. But if you write because your fingers have danced across the keyboard, because a character has tapped you on the shoulder, because a story has settled in your heart, then even if you never sell it you have done the work you were meant to do. And sometime, dear readers, real magic happens." Jane Yolen

7/31/08

A Strong Redeemer

I hate to admit how often I feel frustrated and even hopeless when my life isn't rosy. I grumble and complain. I wonder if I will ever get out of my current funk. I have myself a full-blown pity party, and invite everyone I know to join the celebration.

I forget, in a word, that I'm God's, and that He is fully able to pull me through, and even get me out of, my situation, whatever it may be. Despite the countless times He has done it in the past, I think that this time, He's just gonna let me suffer, or that He's (gasp!) not strong enough to get me out of whatever my issue is (whether major or minor). Well, I may not say it - but my actions certainly make it look like I believe it.

I was having struggles with this just yesterday, as related to at least three different issues--all incredibly minor. So, I suppose I shouldn't have been surprised when my daily Bible reading found me lingering on a couple of verses in Jeremiah that I'm certain were not there the last time I read that book.

This is what the LORD Almighty says:
"The people of Israel are oppressed,
and the people of Judah as well.
All their captors hold them fast,
refusing to let them go.

Yet their Redeemer is strong;
the LORD Almighty is his name.
He will vigorously defend their cause
so that he may bring rest to their land,
but unrest to those who live in Babylon.
Jeremiah 50:33-34 NIV

A paper jam, potty training struggles, and writer's block are nothing compared to what the people of Israel were going through during the time of this writing. Babylon had just taken Judah captive and had removed them from their beloved land. Note - "all their captors hold them fast, refusing to let them go." Now here, it seems, was a time to be hopeless, to whine and wallow in self-pity.

But that's not what happens. In this time of hopelessness, "their Redeemer is strong." What other hope do they need?

You know, their Redeemer hasn't changed. He is never too weak to handle what I am going through--and He always will. So leave the whine in the cellar, and cancel that pity party.

Your Redeemer is strong.

4 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing that verse, Jo. It really spoke to me today. Thank you for sharing your life with us. Love you!
    Laury

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  2. What is it with the "funk" that lingers thick? I, too, have felt some of this angst these past few weeks...in and out, but nevertheless, very present. It's an easy leap from faithful living to faithless wandering. I know...I've lived it. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I can certainly relate.

    peace~elaine

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  3. Yup. Ya clobbered me. But I was ready for it this time. The whine is the cellar--right where it belongs. LoL--What great verses!! Check out Sunday's post (the one coming up *grin*) for what I learned yesterday while you were learning this one.

    Love ya, sis!

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  4. I'm storing this one up, 'cause I'm gonna need it. And isn't it just the small stuff that causes us to whine. Aaargh. Thanks for posting this. You're not alone. "whine in the cellar" is priceless.

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