For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Have you ever felt like the little guy in the above picture??
Does the word "frustration" spring to mind??
The phrase "to give you a future and a hope" is rendered in the Hebrew as "to give you an expected end"
Believe it or not this picture illustrates the word translated as "expected end" in Jeremiah 29:11.
Here is the word picture: to strongly fence a person to work to make a covenant; to make covenant from what comes after the nail.
From the disciples perspective the death of Yeshua was an insurmountable fence or road block to the Kingdom.
The three day road block or delay that followed the crucifixion actually encapsulated both the hope and the joy of the resurrection. You see, what follows the nail is resurrection!!!
So, the next time you feel frustration rising within you, take a step back and ask the question: is this roadblock (delay) actually the Three In Me working to make a covenant of hope and joy in me?