Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Back in the day, in a place called Anathoth, in the land of Benjamin, God said to Yirmehya, or some say yir-meh-yahoo (add a little guttural to the hoo after the ya and you got it) “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.” Yirmehya’s response to God’s word was tentative: “Ah, Lord God! Yada! (behold!) I can’t speak! I’m just a child! And God replied (But the LORD said unto me), “Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak!”
In Biblical Hebrew the name Yirmehya means “Thou whom Jehovah has appointed.” The name of the town where Yirmehya was born, Anathoth, means “answers to prayer.” So back in the day God tells Jeremiah that he had been appointed, and that even his birthplace foretold his destiny – that in speaking for God he would be an answer to God’s prayer for who he’d become.
My name is Jim. I can’t tell you what Jim “means.” I was born in a town called Lombard. I’m not sure I want to know what Lombard means. Maybe I should investigate.
Sometimes it takes awhile to know what God has appointed us to do, or to realize who God calls us to be. Most of the time we make lots of mistakes along the way to the realization that God has for us and our lives. But I can assure you God is there. In every step God is using us in ways we may not know. Ways that often seem unfavorable to us.
We have all been appointed. Each of us are fulfilling a purpose. Know that God is at work in the world. Know that God is at work in you. And if you are wondering…
Be patient. For God is love. And love is…