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I’ve recently been thinking of when I was in my teens, I worked in an insurance office. One particular day, I was sitting in traffic, at a red light watching the truck beside me as it rolled back and forth.  The driver was driving a five speed. When all of a sudden, the driver side window dropped. The driver quickly grabbed it with both hands to keep it from breaking. As we sat there looking at each other for a few seconds, you know what happened. That’s right, the light turned green. There, sitting in all that traffic … at a green light … driving a five speed … both hands on the window. I wish I could say I waited to see how it all worked  out, but I didn’t. I zoomed right by, thinking to myself…tough break!

But oh how I’ve thought of that driver many times since then. I have to laugh out loud now every time my car window breaks … and I’m stuck somewhere pulling that window back up. Life’s funny that way. We are all constantly juggling and shifting problems in life. On most days, we all need an extra pair of helping hands. You know…one hand to hold the window up from crashing, one hand on the steering wheel, and one hand to change gears.  

It’s in those times, I can hear a still, small voice inside me say …” 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 NIV)

In verse 1, Jeremiah’s letter says, “This is the text of the letter that the prophet Jeremiah sent from Jerusalem to the surviving elders among the exiles and to the priests, the prophets and all the other people Nebuchadnezzar had carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon.” I’m guessing, life wasn’t necessarily good for them at that moment.  But verses 5-7 state… “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, so that they too may have sons and daughters. 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.” God’s promises were absolutely still intact. Nothing about His Word had changed. His promises were still alive and well. God knew life was going to be challenging  as far back as the beginning of time … the moment Adam and Eve stepped out of the Garden of Eden, but He also knew that His promises would continue to unfold, even in the face of adversity.

And so it is with us today. You may feel a little stuck at a green light, unable to move because you are holding onto that window with both hands. Still, you can be assured that God’s promises for you are “Yes and Amen”. 2 Corinthians 1:20 says, “For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.”

So, Yes….you will let go of the broken things. Yes…you will place your hands to the steering wheel. Yes… you will move forward.  His promises are true … Yes!

Amen.

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