She did not consider her destiny; Therefore, her collapse was awesome. Lamentations 1:9. Jeremiah is speaking of Israel. But the form of his words causes me to think of the feminine, of woman, of me. She did not consider her destiny; Therefore, her collapse was awesome. It doesn’t even sound like it would apply to a man. Of course it could, but it makes sense in a feminine context to me.
I am thinking of the impulses that cover a woman’s time line. Temptations to choose a career direction without fully consulting God’s plan for your life. The same applies to friendships and boyfriends. There is temptation to miss the relationships that God has handpicked for you in exchange for the convenient relationships that miss God’s mark for your life. There are temptations to become tired or lazy in the pursuit of Godliness as a mother. Temptations to avoid depth in order not to hurt. To cast blame rather than to grow. To be deceived rather to stand for who you are. This is the tendency of the natural woman and her collapse is great.
Jeremiah, I am starting to understand your pain. You have gathered up the desolation of your land and your people as suffering in your heart. You experience the consequences of the adultery of the natural woman as your own. You grieve and weep for the destruction she called upon herself. But your spiritual self recalls that you have hope. You write that Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning. Great is Your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22.
We all have been both the spiritual and natural woman. We have succeeded and failed. But the spiritual woman is not without Comfort when she falls. Lamentations 1:9. Before all that you do, consider your destiny. The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, To the soul who seeks Him. Lamentations 3:25