11 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. 12 Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29: 11-13
Independence Day never fails to remind me once again to be thankful for the blessings of living in the United States of America, despite its considerable flaws. Yet, as a certifiably shy person, I’m understated in showing my gratitude most of the time. Learning to be bold in thanksgiving is exactly what is needed right now.
During our evening service yesterday, following yet another outstanding church potluck, our pastor, reading Jeremiah 29, reminded us that even when we feel as if we don’t even belong here, we are to make ourselves at home, settle in, make this land our own even though our stay is temporary. We are instructed to be bold in seeking the Lord, calling out to Him no matter what the circumstance, and in response, He will bring us to Himself.
Then we will know with certainty, there is no place like home.