The hero or heroine in fiction is so often a child or teenager. From Twain to Tolkien and Cair Paravel to Castle Rock, the story is (usually) better that way. Yet so often, the Bible went the other way. Abraham was 75 when called by G-d. Moses, 80.
But not this week. Jeremiah counters the Lord’s call, stating “I am but a lad.” To no avail. The Lord still demands he become a prophet, and now.
When the call comes, it does not matter the age. When the call comes, we are asked to serve.
Seniority has it’s place in government and in governing. Experience usually takes years to build, to learn, often the hard way. But rank is no guarantee of wisdom.
The lesson for our leaders, and for us, is to take wisdom, and leadership, where it’s found. And, if we feel the call, to believe in ourselves.
Words to consider. Ideas to ponder. Politics, prophets, and the parsha.