Jeremiah 1: 5-10
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”
“Alas, Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am too young.”
But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord.
Then the Lord reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, “I have put my words in your mouth. See, today I appoint you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant.”
Oh Jesus, did you ever just not feel like doing what you knew you had to do?
This is too hard for me, I’m just not brave enough, not patient enough and, well, I guess if I’m honest with you Lord, I just want to shout at them! I try to follow you – but people just don’t want to see it my way.
Oh, how silly I am, the same thing happened to you too didn’t it? They would not follow, they would not listen.
Is this what it means to take up your cross?
I sure have a lot more learning to do, please keep doing a work in me, round off those sharp edges Lord, even those ones that I don’t even realise I have.
And if I’ve said anything harsh, help me to go off and say sorry, and to mean it.
written by Brent Haywood