So, I am finding today's reading from Jeremiah challenging. Here is my paraphrase (and, of course, the fact that it is MY paraphrase could be half the problem...) Men who rely on themselves and other humans are like a bush in a desert, but a man who trusts in the Lord is like a tree by a stream and doesn't have to worry about drought.
I guess my issue is...how much should we rely on God, and how much should we rely on ourselves? Obviously, I think there is a combination needed, but I don't know how to work that out in my head!
I watched a Dr. Phil the other day about a couple with 7 kids and no job...they were relying on God perhaps too much, because the husband wasn't really working to improve the situation. I felt for the couple because they got dragged on the Dr. Phil show by the wife's parents, and they weren't bad or lazy people...they just kept waiting for a sign/a direction from God...but in the mean time, things were just getting worse for them. Obviously, I don't think that God wanted this family to fall into such dire straights (they were living in a house with no water and no gas and were a week or two away from foreclosure), but I am sure that God will use it for their good.
Of course, I think it is a lot more common in our society to rely too much on ourselves and to ignore God...there are thousands of examples of that all over the place. But what is the happy median? How do we make sure that we are relying on God, but working towards something (hopefully, God's will)?
We're planning on going to daily Mass this evening, so I'm hoping that Father's homily is on this reading!