The Mid week Top Off
A New Feature every Wednesday....The Mid week Top Off
“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 29:11-13 (NIV)
I guess ruts are a part of life in a pandemic. They are a part of normal life, so it is no surprise we can find ourselves in a rut in this season of life as well. And it is easy to fall into a rut. With restrictions and warnings at every turn, with renewed advisories, with limits on things we can buy, cancelled plans, and general uncertainty about everything from kids going to school, singing in church, and upcoming holidays… yeah falling in a rut physically, spiritually, or emotionally can happen. We may even feel like we are in all three ruts! And it can overwhelm us.
That is why it is so important to be aware of our emotions, our health, and our connections to God. When we find ourselves in a rut, things can get messy pretty quick. We can feel like we have lost control even though in reality, we never really had control of much anyway. But the good news is that though we may have lost control, God never did.
Even if we feel we are stuck in a muddy rut, God knows exactly where we are, because God loves us, and God never leaves us. And even sitting in a muddy rut, God is already working on a plan to get us not only out of the rut and moving again; but we will even get cleaned up in the process!
The verse above are God’s words spoken through the Prophet Jeremiah to a scattered and defeated people. The children of Israel were in exile, and their rut was a pretty severe one. They were defeated, their land destroyed, and they were carried off to a foreign land cut off from everything they knew and loved! Yet in the midst of that, here the Prophet of God tells them God has plans for them. Plans to get them not only out of the rut, but back home again! God can do that!
It takes faith. Getting out of a rut may mean changing some things that may have gotten us in the rut to begin with. We need to be attentive to our daily journey, like how often we talk with God, call upon God’s name, and most importantly TRUST God when times get difficult. Ruts are a part of the journey in life. But we need not stay in a rut. We can change, we can get unstuck, and we can get going again. We just need to trust God. Because God knows where we are, and God knows where God needs us to be. We weren’t called to dwell in ruts, we have work to do. We can do this work when we seek God with our whole heart. There’s a future and there’s hope just beyond the rut. So let’s get going again! And let’s begin with prayer.
Gracious God we are tired! The days are blending together and the changes and cancellations and restrictions are taking a toll on us all. Each day seems like the day before, and we hesitate to plan for tomorrow because we are tired of disappointments. Lord, we are in a rut and we need your help. Change us and transform us today. Give us Your hope, let us be a part of Your plan. We are ready to get moving again Lord! In Your Holy Name we trust and we pray. Amen.