There are parts of my life that just seem like history repeats itself, and I wonder how I could possibly be in the same mess again, but as this post says:
But in this weary and repetitive story a theme emerges. In our weary and repetitive story, the same theme.
It is a story already told but it is also a story with a sovereign Author writing the main plot.
Could it be that far from it being futile repetition, the part of the story where we wander helplessly through a barren wilderness is a chapter that He lovingly writes in the lives of His people before He can write this:
"Tears of joy will stream down their faces, and I will lead them home with great care. They will walk beside quiet streams and on smooth paths where they will not stumble." ~ Jeremiah 31:9
Could it be that He has written our story with a sovereign, loving pattern of repetition: His people walk through darkness and He gives them light; His people stagger under the weight of heavy burdens and He comes alongside and lifts; His people bear the shame of their sin and He sends One to wash them clean; His people work and grow weary and He gives them rest; His people know deep sorrow and He replaces it with tears of joy.
"For I have given rest to the weary and joy to the sorrowing." ~ Jeremiah 31:25
Could it be that the One who has written the story of redemption lovingly breaks our hearts in order to draw us to a Love that will not fail?
Long ago the LORD said to Israel: "I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself." ~ Jeremiah 31:3