Jeremiah uses the Hebrew word mikveh (from the root word qava, meaning to wait or look eagerly for, to bind or gather together) in the sense of "hope," while at the same time connecting it with "living water":
“O Hope (mikveh) of Israel, its Savior in time of distress, why are you like a stranger in the land or like a traveler who has pitched his tent for the night?” (Jeremiah 14:8).
O LORD, the Hope (mikveh) of Israel, all who forsake you will be ashamed... because they have forsaken the LORD, the fountain of living water (Jeremiah 17:13).
“All who came upon them have devoured them; and their adversaries have said, ‘We are not guilty, inasmuch as they have sinned against the LORD who is the habitation of righteousness, even the LORD, the Hope (mikveh) of their fathers...’ (Jeremiah 50:7).
Wait in HOPE...
Depth like this requires us to scuba dive. To be clear, the beauty of going deep isn't necessarily a comfortable place, oftentimes, it's a brutally raw place, but it can be a conforming + comforting place; it certainly was conforming and soul shaping for Jeremiah and the other exiles.
Yet, in this place of spiritual deluge, Hope's depth was where the presence of God's Peace (Shalom) was completing a good work in Jeremiah's lamenting generation, as it is doing so in our generation. And so, we wait in our sacred scuba gear. Our tears can be a symbolic reminder of mikveh—they are living waters that flow from our connected depths. Tears that water the seed of what we hope for. Because what you hope for, you live for. And what you live for shapes your decisions + life.
Because what you hope for, you live for. And what you live for shapes your decisions + life.
Shallow water may be safer, but the humble descent into Hope ironically elevates and offers the worshiper the privilege to behold the stunning and the undiminishing beauty of a benevolent God who self-discloses to us in unlikely places.
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