Jeremiah

Have you ever heard the song by Sara Groves called, "Jeremiah?"
I have to be honest; the first time I heard it, I wasn't all that familiar with Jeremiah. Oh, sure I had read through his book in the Old Testament a few times, but always with a hint of apprehension. Growing up, we always considered Jeremiah to be that depressing, doomsayer of a prophet.
And what was all that jazz about "fire shut up in my bones???" What's up with that?

My life has changed a lot since I first heard that song. Circumstances and answers to prayer have taken me down paths I never even considered before...

My faith and convictions have taken on a passion -- really, an urgency -- I cannot quite describe. For some reason, I sense a need to HURRY. But for what, I'm unsure.

It seems likely that we are living in the last days, but there's no way to know for sure. I mean, a day to God is like a thousand years and vice versa. So what is this intensity I feel when I see a lost and hurting soul?

Those girls we gave roses to at the strip clubs... I wanted to pull them off the stage and say, "You know what? You are worth so much more than this! You are a daughter of the King!" The faithful ladies who show up each Friday at the Baton Rouge Dream Center: I want to wrap my arms around them and say, "It really is going to be OK. None of this (here on earth) really matters; this is only TEMPORARY."

And now it starts to make sense...

Jeremiah knew his world & his people were in danger. His love and passion -- his complete and utter devotion to God -- probably frightened a lot of people. It was inexplicable, even for a man of strong words. And when he contemplated running from the Lord, the internal burning of His Word -- and the signifcance of its message -- demanded a voice.

I guess the only way to describe it is as a burning deep within your very bones -- a fire you cannot quench and a flame that won't allow you to keep still. I don't dare compare myself with Jeremiah, but I have to admit, I am feeling some heat.

We all need to stir those still, smoldering embers within us. Indeed, without the fire within compelling us forward, how will we keep the world from a much hotter flame?

You can read the words and listen to an excerpt from Sara Groves' song, "Jeremiah" HERE

It has become one of my favorites. =)

Summer Kelly - guest blogging for Carole Turner

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Carole Turner said…
I need to listen to some Sara Groves! Thanks for the great post Summer!!