We've had some pretty dark and cold mornings this winter ... mornings when you couldn't see out, let alone see your way ahead.
Yearning to know the future we can't see
But human beings more than most of Creation seem to have a yearning to see and plan the way to and through whatever it is that lies ahead.
The trouble is, we've also got a sneaking awareness that what lies ahead is very much beyond our personal control, and it makes us feel fairly insecure.
Jeremiah's got a great word for us about that!
Jeremiah the prophet was no stranger to dark and cold days when he couldn't understand what was happening, what the future held or where God was taking him ... but while he didn't know his own future, he knew the God Who holds the future.
And when things looked pretty grim everywhere around him that God spoke to him in Jeremiah 29:10-13
"This is what the Lord says: ‘When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfil my good promise to bring you back to this place.
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.
Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart."
Jeremiah knew his God is a good God with a track record for telling the truth, and Jeremiah consciously decided ... through days that felt good and the ones that felt bad ... to faithfully place full trust in Him.
The alternatives to trusting God with your life and your future can be pretty negative and even self-destructive.
Is there any really better option than Jeremiah's ... or in our situation, does it make more sense to live putting your trust in Jeremiah's God?