Then the Lord put out his hand and touched my mouth. And the Lord said to me, “Behold, I have put my words in your mouth. See, I have set you this day over nations and over kingdoms, to pluck up and to break down, to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to plant.”
And the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Jeremiah, what do you see?” And I said, “I see an almond branch.” Then the Lord said to me, “You have seen well, for I am watching over my word to perform it.”
– Jeremiah 1:10,11,12
Jeremiah was a catalyst to the change of a nation, though it is unclear just how he had impact. He was used as a minor to deliver the very words of God, right before the great reforms of King Josiah. He came from a line of a rejected priesthood, and because of this, he lived on the outside of the temple…he had no inner influence into the religious politics of his time. But this young outsider was called by God and set apart to speak on behalf of the Most High. This odd vision given Jeremiah further emphasizes that the calling of his life is a work of God, to be interpreted and moved by the hand of the Lord.
My middle name James was given me as a prophetic word, found in its meaning. James means, “supplanter”, or literally, “one who overturns and uproots”. This word of prophecy however is not left unto my own interpretation, but is left unto the definition and working hand of the Lord. For this reason, I may step boldly into a calling to the nations outside of the people whom I have called my own.
Lord, your love and who you are defines who I am. Cause my heart to grow in this understanding.