January 24

Jeremiah 1:4-5

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” vs. 5

We like to believe that we are the masters of our own destinies, that we can pick and choose among a multitude of professions and careers in the course of our lives–that some could even decide to become preachers! Jeremiah would have laughed at such a notion! He believed that he had been appointed to be a prophet even before he was born! If he’d had a choice, he would tell us, he would never have picked such a frustrating future. On our part, we wonder about such claims. It just seems improbable that we have no voice in choosing a career path. In fact, our own story has likely been quite different–we can probably even point to the time when we decided to do what we’re doing today. But still we wonder. How much are we really in control of our own destinies? If we’re honest we can point to all kinds of outside forces that have influenced the direction of our lives. Could it not be that this was the “hand of God,” however that can be interpreted? We’re all part of creation, here by the grace of God, and the Divine Presence has blown into and around our lives since before we were born. Perhaps there are reasons beyond our understanding for where we live and what we do! It’s certainly something to think about!

Thought for the Day: How has the “hand of God” impacted my life?

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