Today’s Reading: Lamentations 1:1-2:22
There are times when we all lament – or need to lament. There are times when we have walked down the wrong path and have found at the end of it – a dead end. At the end of the road, we cry out, “What have I done? How could I have been so foolish? How could I have been so stupid? How could I have NOT listened to my Father and followed His advice?”
As you reach the dead end – you look back and reflect of what you have done to get you to that lifeless spot. You cry out in your desperation – you cry out in your foolishness – you cry out in your sorrow. The book of Lamentations is a book of crying out. The young bride has turned from the love of her husband and now she cries out.
Lamentations 1:12 “Is it nothing to all you who pass this way? Look and see if there is any pain like my pain Which was severely dealt out to me, Which the LORD inflicted on the day of His fierce anger.”
Jeremiah was not content to let folks walk past ruins, suffering, sorrow and sadness and not feel something. His question has the effect of jarring them out of complacency and attempts to stir them from callousness; selfishness; apathy, and indifference; Which, by the way, is what is so very much needed in a spectator society; a society given to looking on the plight of others; seeing the hurt; and staying out of the turmoil of human need.
Imagine if there was a small piece of paper in the corner of the room, it’s not really in the way of anyone so everyone just ignores it. People thinking ‘it’s not my piece of paper’ or ‘it’s not my job to clean this room’ or even ‘I didn’t drop it’. If no one picks up this paper it will never change and more trash will be added to it. Now imagine how different it would be if that piece of paper was a £50 note, It would be picked up in no time.
Sadly we run from every whisper of human heartache knowing that it is going to cost us time, money, and a whole lot of caring love. The Good Samaritan is another example where two people were too busy, or too important to help. The turmoil of human need is all around us. Someone needs to pay attention!! Is this going to be you?