Bellow, mourn, weep and wail,
Jeremiah must have looked pale.
Gushing, snivelling, itchy eyes.
Everyone must have heard his cries!
“Pipe down!” “Keep quiet!” “Just don’t you speak!”
They hoped that his cries he would tweak.
So sick of hearing about their sin,
They wanted to gag him to stop the din.
But Jeremiah just yelled out more
And so no more could they ignore.
They flung him in a prison cell
Then thrust him down a dingy well.
“Oh why? Oh my!” I hear you cry.
The people hated him, it’s no lie.
Worshipping false gods was their pleasure,
So the people gave them their every treasure.
Yet God had called out one kid’s name.
‘Jeremiah!’ He did exclaim.
“I knew you first before you were born
And I planned that you would the people warn”.
Jeremiah, he looked flabbergasted!
“But I can’t speak, I’m just a kid!”
He hadn’t wanted to speak to the men.
“Don’t be afraid” God had said when
He told Jeremiah “I’ll go with you”.
I’m sure Jeremiah quickly thought “phew!”
So Jeremiah spoke of God’s love
Telling the people of the One above.
“Turn to God before it’s too late!”
or your enemies will come to seal your fate!
Don’t you remember that years ago
Israel left God and were conquered, you know!”
He tried and tried to change their mind.
But all of Judah were mad and unkind.
Even the king had ignored his tears,
So in the well and cell Jeremiah faced his fears.
While in these dark and retched places
God was speaking in hidden spaces.
Into the heart of that mad king,
Secretly the king asked Jeremiah something:
“What would God like us to do?”
(That’s the biggest question for all of us too!)
“Go into captivity” Jeremiah replied,
“and you will live and you won’t have died”.
Soon their kingdom was invaded,
By Babylonians who came and raided
And pulled down walls and homes of stones
And burnt everything in Judah’s zones.
Judah was taken, the king was gone.
It was all clear now, it wasn’t a con.
God had called that godly lad
To warn the people, when they were mad!
“So why did all this happen?” You ask.
It’s clear that Jeremiah had only one task.
Just to obey and simply say,
Whatever God told Him to, every day.
So when God gives you something to do
Don’t be afraid to go through with it too.
You might be surprised at what you will find
If you follow God, not just your own mind.
©Katy Hailes 2017. All rights reserved.
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