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Almost twenty-five years ago, on our honeymoon, hubby and I visited the Old Faithful geyser at Yellowstone National Park, in Wyoming. I had never seen a geyser prior to this visit. It was fascinating in the regularity with which hot water and steam would be forced from the earth up into the air at heights reaching that of a ten story building.

According to my limited research, water + fissures (cracks that go deep into the Earth) + rhyolite (a mineral that lines the fissures so that when the water shoots up rock is not spewed from the opening) + magma (hot molten rock) = a geyser. Basically it is created by the right ingredients that are all together at that right time. When they come together, the ensuing burst of energy from the Earth is inevitable.

Recently I read about another inevitable eruption, but this time not a geothermal eruption.

The author of the Old Testament book of Jeremiah, was the Hebrew prophet Jeremiah (how clever is that?!). Jeremiah had prophesied the takeover of Jerusalem by that fiery Babylonian, Nebuchadnezzar. Actually he spent much of his life as a prophet warning the people about the consequences of the covenant that they had broken with God. His was an announcement of bad things to come, and destruction of Jerusalem. Any similarities between he and an eruption might be most closely tied to bad news … but what he was spewing was truth. It is not a surprise that Jeremiah is known by many scholars as the weeping prophet.

Jeremiah’s Hebrew name was Yirmeyahu, which means God will loosen/exalt/lift up.

It is interesting that the meaning of his name is one of freedom, whereas scholars today refer to him as the weeping prophet, and with it comes connotations of head down, depressed, perhaps even a mental or emotional imprisonment.

But, I digress …

Jeremiah’s head may have been hanging low, as he considered the deaf ears that his message fell upon, but the core of who his name said he was would tell us an eruption, of geyser proportion would eventually ensue.

Jeremiah 20:9 tells of this bubbling geyser of energy :

if I say,
“I will not mention his word

    or speak anymore in his name,”
his word is in my heart like a fire,
    a fire shut up in my bones.
I am weary of holding it in;
    indeed, I cannot.

May we all, weeping of exalted, imprisoned or free, allow the eruption of what we cannot hold in, burst from the fissures (the cracks in our life) of our hearts, finding that the pressure of holding the worship of the name of God inside of us can only be relieved by allowing it to burst from our lips.

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