DAY 62 OF 365 IN 2021

Jeremiah 18:18 They said, "Come, let's make plans against Jeremiah; for the teaching of the law by the priest will not cease, nor will counsel from the wise, nor the word from the prophets. So come, let's attack him with our tongues and pay no attention to anything he says."

In what is referred to as continuity of care, one expects a smooth and seamless transition of a patient’s care requirement across different health and social care providers so that there is no gap or block of missing service. This requires a constant effort to involve multiple parties in the process of care delivery, alongside the prompt release of information, to facilitate these transitions. Tasks undone are handed over to the next team for execution.

The concept of transition comes up today in light of the threat to Jeremiah’s assignment. While it is worth highlighting that indeed evil was been plotted against him, our attention is also drawn to the rationale behind that decision: “for the teaching of the law by the priest will not cease, nor will counsel from the wise, nor the word from the prophets’. Jeremiah’s opponents made efforts to disregard His prophecy and were convinced that “even without him, the show would go on, so he was expendable”.

Their thinking reminded me of a post a while back titled ‘ONE OF MANY’ which indicated that each of us is one of many workers in the Lord’s vineyard. Hence, regardless of how unique we are, with assignments and purposes tagged to our names, we remain one of many and the work of God will continue even in our absence. That is a truth.

However, this is not because we are expendable and that is the rebuff to this ploy against Jeremiah. What it suggests is that there are different pieces required to complete the puzzle: ‘for the body, although one, has many parts’. No part can be deemed ‘expendable’ for without it, there is no completion. It teaches us to acknowledge that only in the presence of every other part, working in harmony, can we call ourselves ‘the body of Christ’.

Beloved, you are not expendable, you are here to complete the puzzle!




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