God’s Intertwining Love
by Rachel L. Hunter
“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.” ~Jeremiah 29:11
Moments of change (i.e. new job, graduation, marriage, death of a loved one) cause people to cling to this verse. Many have told me that it offered them hope amid despair. But for me, it always led to state of spiritual depression. I was angry, so very angry, that God would tell me that He has plans – and then would leave me alone to somehow miraculously stumble across the steps I needed to achieve those plans. How dare He do that?
But those beliefs all changed one day when I read Jeremiah 29:11 in the original Hebrew. It gave the verse and entirely different interpretation. It painted a picture for me of God’s great love for His people.
And it looks like a two-stranded rope.
One strand represents the Christian. The other represents God. We are to be intertwined together with God for this one purpose: so that God can strengthen us along life’s journey.
God sees us right now as His skilled and inventive creations that He made to serve a unique purpose. His sight is not limited. God doesn’t just see a work that was finished long ago but a continual one. He always sees the purpose He has set within us – even when we cannot see it in ourselves. Our limited vision sometimes forces us to look no higher than the chink (some trial or tribulation) in our rope. But God promises in this verse to complement us, joining with us on our journey, so that we have all that we need to accomplish the task that He has set before us.
We are intertwined in Him, and He will not let us go.
That is reality. It is time to shut out all the voices that say that we are too limp, weak, and unsuitable for work in God’s Kingdom. God has created us for a purpose, and He will see it to completion.
Rachel L. Hunter is the features editor of a small weekly newspaper in Northern New York.