What food did you refuse to eat as a child?
For me, it was stove top stuffing. I could not stand it. I would actually plug my nose while eating just so I would not taste it. Over the years I have grown to love it but as a child, I would have nothing of it.
Most of the time when encountered with something new or something that has changed our first inclination is to resist.
This week in our scripture we read from Jeremiah 29. The Israelites find themselves in Babylon where they have been taken captive.
The prophet who was sent to them by God gave them these instructions,
“5 “Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce. 6 Marry and have sons and daughters; find wives for your sons and give your daughters in marriage, so that they too may have sons and daughters. Increase in number there; do not decrease. 7 Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.”
God is telling the people to settle-in the new land that they do not love.
God is inviting the Israelites to dig deep and plant roots and make peace.
God did not say, “start a revolt” but instead invited the Israelites to make a home in a new and uncomfortable place.
This too is our invitation!
In new and difficult situations God calls us not to run but to dig deep and trust in God to help us work through it!
Today, whether its a difficult person at work, an issue with a friend or child or relative or a financial issue, God calls us to dig deep and trust in God knowing that when we do we allow God to help direct our paths!
See you Sunday!