From our National WMF President Lynn Wellumson
When Jon & I were dating several decades ago, it was always wonderful to see each other as often as we could. There was never a lull in the conversation, as we eagerly told each other all about our week, our devotion times, and just life. I remember eating at a restaurant and noticing a couple who were absolutely ancient, probably in their forties, who seemed to have nothing to say to each other. I thought that was so sad and knew we would never be like them.
Guess what? We are them. We are so synchronized in our morning routine, it is like poetry in motion. We know who makes the coffee, who opens the door, who makes sure the door is locked, who opens the car doors, who puts out the mail, and who shuts off the lights. We can go the whole morning without speaking a word until we open the garage door to carpool to work. Even then we know who is the designated pray-er of the day.
It really is kind of nice not to have to tell Jon how I feel about everything. After thirty four years he can almost read my mind. We often finish each other's sentences.
Lamentations 33:19-23 says, "I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall. I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me. Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail."
Because Jeremiah had walked with the Lord for so many years, he had become familiar with God's unfailing love. So it is that even in times of distress with the temptation of despair, Jeremiah does not give in. He had experienced God's love, compassion and faithfulness. He knew even in times of tribulation who his God was.
Spending time in God's Word and in prayer is not something we do simply as a spiritual duty. It is time for us to be close with God that we might learn who He is and rest in Him through our times whether pleasant or turbulent.