By Larry Platner
If you look back at your life can you think of a year or even a period of several months when you didn’t experience a significant change of some sort? Change is normal, some we choose, some we do not. Learning how to navigate change well is vitally important to our well being.
About 2,400 years ago a significant number of Israelites experienced a dramatic change in their life.
These exiles did not initially navigate change well. They set up a refugee camp outside of Babylon, anticipating a quick return to Judea, a return to normality as they knew it. God though had another plan for them as Jeremiah explained in a letter to them.
I cannot think of a more drastic change then being uprooted from your home, marched 1,100 kms, with the barest of necessities, and forced to settle in the shadow of your conqueror’s capital city. How could God allow this? Yet as we see from Jeremiah’s letter, God was in it.
How about you? When changes occur in your life, especially the unwanted and unexpected ones, do you believe they catch God by surprise or that he is unconcerned? Or do you believe God is in them? Are you able to make the following words of God for the exiles to Babylon your own?