June with Jeremiah: planting and harvesting the vineyard

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We’re enjoying camping out for a few days in Jeremiah 31. This is a chapter overflowing with God’s promises, glistening with gems to strengthen us, reassure us of our intricate purpose in His plan, and reaffirm that we belong in His family. In the beginning of this chapter of Jeremiah we read about how we have found favor in the wilderness, and yesterday we read that we need to keep our tambourines and dancing shoes ready because we WILL dance with the joyful again. Let’s keep reading…

Again you will plant vineyards
    on the hills of Samaria;
the farmers will plant them
    and enjoy their fruit. (Jeremiah 31:5)

When the farmer plants a vineyard he do it with the harvest in mind. As he plants the vineyard he is looking forward, anticipating the bounty of the grapes, and imagining the flavor of the wine. He waters the plants, nurtures them, protects them, and is excited about enjoying the fruit of their harvest.

It’s the same for us. You will plant a vineyard- maybe not an actual vineyard of grapes, but a vineyard of hopes and dreams and you will enjoy the fruit of the harvest.

God restores our fallen tents. The clouds will break, the sun will shine, and you will experience joy again. When it seems like you’re totally overwhelmed, pray, take a deep breath, get your balance, and keep your perspective because Joy and His mercies are new every morning.

Some days it is a challenge to keep your head up and look forward. Some days it seems like it’s a chin down sort of day. But if you’re looking down at your feet you’ll miss the thousand ways that God tells you that He is with you and that He loves you.

Keep your cymbals handy because you will dance with the joyful, and you will plant and harvest a vineyard.

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