One of the things I like to do as I read the scriptures is write down just one thing, one quick takeaway from the section. It’s a simple practice that anybody can do, it helps to reinforce what I’ve read, and it gives me an opportunity to engage with what the Holy Spirit might be trying to teach me.
This is my “quick thought” from today’s reading in Isaiah.
“Go out through the gates! Prepare the highway for My people to return! Smooth out the road; pull out the boulders; raise a flag for all the nations to see.” ~ Isaiah 62:10
What do you do after being in the presence of God? What do you do when you “go out through the gates” into the world that God dearly loves?
Prepare the way for all to return home!
Smooth the roads and raise the flag for all to see because Jesus has come and is simultaneously “restoring” the world and has already completely “restored” the world. What amazing news; all have a right to know! So we prepare the way and remove the obstacles that they may see the amazing love of the Good Father who’s come to be with us!
Like the good father of Luke 15, God is constantly searching the horizon for our return. The road has been completely leveled, the boulders removed, the flag of “home” has been raised high for all to see, and while we are still a long way off, the Good Father see us. He see us and we can see him running with compassion to welcome us into the celebration of home!
He’s prepared the way, he’s searching the horizon, he’s running to be with us, and the community eagerly waits to explode in joyous celebration!
This is what I heard in today’s reading, what did you hear?