Jer 1:1, 4-10 / Mt 13:1-9
Most of life’s tasks hit us in the face without warning and without preparation. I was never married before — what do I do? I was never a parent before, never a kid before, or a teacher before, or a pastor before, or old before! Why didn’t they give us a class for this?
At every new stage of life, if we’re paying attention, we have an astonished sense of wonder at the immensity of what life is calling us to do and to be. And we hear echoing in our own souls the plaintive cries of Jeremiah, “I’m too young; I don’t know the word.”
In relation to the tasks at hand, we are always too young and they are always new. But we need to hear what God spoke to Jeremiah as he had these same feelings: “Have no fear, for I am with you to deliver you.”
It’s hard to remember, but it’s true: He is with us!