Jeremiah 1:11,12 “Then the Lord said to me, ‘Look, Jeremiah! What do you see?’ And I replied, ‘I see a branch from an almond tree.’ And the Lord said, ‘That’s right, and it means that I am watching, and I will certainly carry out all my plans.'”
My thoughts: The Lord never asks a question He doesn’t already know the answer to. If He commands us to look, we must take our eyes off of what we currently see. What He sees is much better than what we see. God wanted Jeremiah to see what He saw for a very distinct reason. God was calling Jeremiah to be a prophet that delivered His uncompromised message. If Jeremiah couldn’t see a branch from an almond tree, He wouldn’t ever be able to receive a message that would shake the nations. It was from this first vision that Jeremiah learned to see and respond to what God sees. The truth is, God is not one to show us something and require no response. If we ignore responding to the seemingly miniscule call of God, we will find ourselves absent of His presence and under His intense spiritual discipline. If we miss the almond branch, we miss the multitudes. If we miss the foundational truths of knowing God because we believe to know all the answers, we will remain determined to defend our knowledge and miss out on His sole purpose for us. There will be no more spiritual growth in our lives if we deliberately refuse to remove what hinders us from more of God. Let us respond with willingness to everything He calls us to.