Some days the post just rambles and reports. But on other days (like today) I feel absolutely compelled to write. Almost like there is a message of encouragement waiting to burst out for someone who needs it.
I love the book of Isaiah!
When I attended SEU - almost 100 years ago now - I waited until my last semester to take the class on Isaiah. (You're right, I was an education major. But I graduated with a Bible major too.)
I could hardly wait to have my favorite book dissected, examined and explained by the professor - Greek was his native tongue! At long last I would understand the nuances of the book that inspired the creation of Handel's "Messiah"; the herald of every Christmas season.
Unfortunately, the only available spot was an evening course (not my most coherent time.) The professor was in a season of personal crisis. AND there was a handsome pastoral major sitting next to me who kept writing notes, cracking jokes and distracting me with his southern charm!
What's a girl to do?
I decided to marry the pastoral major and make the study of Isaiah a life-long project.
As I read yesterday, I came to some of my favorite verses and joy started bubbling.
- 40:1 "Comfort, comfort my people, says your God."
- 40:11 " he tends his flock like a shepherd...."
- 40:27 "Why do you say....my way is hidden from the Lord.....my cause is disregarded?" (The answer to this is in verses 28-31. AMAZING!)
- 41:10 "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."
Now here's the rest of the story.
Some prayer concerns were weighing on me so I stopped to soak in the hope and encouragement of these passages that are now like familiar friends to me.
These verses have spoken to my heart during MANY different seasons of my life:
- 40:11 was my life preserver while my girls were tiny and I had no time to study.
- We memorized 41:10 as part of home school while Meagan still had a little girl lisp.
- 40:27 has served to remind me again and again that God knows where I am. Always. And in ALL WAYS!
I ended my devotional time feeling that the Lord had met me in a special way. He knew right where I was. Even though my literal location was rather mundane - on the love seat with Gracie snuggled close and Bella snoring at my feet. He had heard my heart cry.
But that wasn't the end of it.
With my "Day Off" list completed and cleaning supplies in hand, I flipped on the Christian music station for background and started in on the bathroom with a vengeance. Somewhere between scrubbing the shower stall and rinsing the sink, a vaguely familiar melody wafted into the bathroom and caught my ear.
I stopped and walked into the living room to hear better. The station was playing a remix of a solo I sang almost twenty years ago, "....not by might, not by power, but by my Spirit says the Lord. This mountain shall be removed! What I've promised shall be done!"
My shock was total. His message unmistakable.
Of all the times I've listened to that station, I've never heard that song played.
When I get to control the volume, music plays rather softly. So I seldom register what's playing when I'm in another room.
But the Lord made SURE I heard this song!
I stood in the middle of the living room wearing my bright yellow cleaning gloves; a scrub brush in one hand and Comet in the other. Tears pooled and goose bumps rose. This was a holy moment and I knew it.
God had prepared my heart earlier with scriptures that are part of my history. Scriptures that remind me of past miracles.
Then He orchestrated a play list so that a song of my past would come into my present and say once again, "Not only do I know where you are. I want you to know that I'm right here with you!"
And that, dear readers is the greater comfort!
Now you see why I'm so eager to write about this. Someone else must need the truth today!
Yes, He knows all about your present situation. But even better, He is WITH you! His promises will be fulfilled in your life. And none of this depends on your might or your power. It's by His Spirit!
He is HERE! And that's all we need to know!