Bread – Bloom

April 1, 2011


Readings for Friday, April 1, designated by the Book of Common Prayer: Jer. 29:1,4-13; Rom. 11:13-24; John 11:1-27; Psalms 22, 95, 141, 143:1-12

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Today is April Fool’s Day and I so much wanted to write about fools I couldn’t stand it. However, the readings today deal with God’s wisdom locked into His Word, so we will deal with that. Of course, to the world God’s wisdom is foolishness, so maybe as Christians talking about God’s wisdom on April Fool’s Day just about puts us in the right place as far as the world is concerned.

In Jeremiah, many of the Jews have been dragged off to Babylon by Nebuchadnezzar. Jeremiah is instructed by God to write them a letter.

Many people today believe that our country is in the process of being dragged off to Babylon, that we have been disturbed in our homes by a voracious government just chomping at the bit to consume our wealth, enslave us to political correctness, and micromanage our lives.

So it would not be that hard to put ourselves in the position of those Jews being dragged off to Babylon, their wealth confiscated, their freedom limited, their lives managed by their masters. And, if we can identify with them, then Jeremiah’s letter to them is a letter to us too. Let’s read parts of it together:

“This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says to all those I carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: ‘Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce. Marry and have sons and daughters; find wives for your sons and give your daughters in marriage…Increase in number there; do not decrease. 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…When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfill my gracious 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.’” Jer. 29:4-11

There is a saying which summarizes this passage, “bloom where you are planted.”

There are many messages in today’s reading today – (1) wherever you are, “I [God] carried” you; (b) bloom where you are planted, no matter how difficult or oppressive that may be and pray for those places where you are; (c) even though things may be bleak, My [God’s] plans for you are to prosper you; and (d) He [God] will deliver on His promises to you and will deliver you.

Bloom where you are planted. Easy to say and hard to do. Pray for those who hurt you. Easy to say and hard to do. God’s wisdom is foolishness to the world. But it is God’s wisdom.

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