This morning as I began the internet process of getting to my blog page, I was caught by one of the headlines and (uncharacteristically) clicked on it. The headline said, “What do you wish you knew at 22…?” It was a question answered by 10 people who are very successful in different spheres – all in leadership positions. It was very telling and contained much good advice. I thought the story ironic because the first reading for today is the beginning of the book of the Prophet Jeremiah which is about his call to be a prophet. It says:
The word of the Lord came to me thus: Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you, a prophet to the nations I appointed you. Jeremiah’s response was: Ah, Lord God, I know not how to speak,: I am too young.
The next part of the reading is a wonderful confirmation that if God wants you for something, you might as well agree because you will be given all that you need. I find it very comforting as well as challenging, a goad to courage as well as service. Listen to the entire passage with your heart and keep it close when God asks something of you – small or great – as it is guidance for a lifetime – even if we’re not called to be world leaders!
Say not, “I am too young.” To whomever I send you, you shall go. Whatever I command you, you shall speak. Have no fear before them, because I am with you to deliver you. Then the Lord extended his hand and touched my mouth, saying: See, I place my words in your mouth! This day I set you over nations and over kingdoms, to root up and to tear down, to destroy and to demolish, to build and to plant.