Thoughts on Isaiah 51:3
The Lord shall comfort Zion. I am Zion, but I am consciously unaware of my need for comfort. I have no major loss in my life right now. Of course there is the existential loss of all around me. Maybe I am feeling no sadness because I am comforted by you. Let my comfort not immobilize me or make me callous toward the lack of comfort I observe in the world, in my friends. etc.
The Lord shall have pity on all her ruins. You will have pity on all that was in my life, all the things I built, created or was part of that are no more; just the memory of them, the bones of their being remain. You have pity on me, cry with me over their demise, acknowledge their function and their beauty. You honor my ruins, recalling all that went into their creation. Thank you.
Her deserts he shall make like Eden. My dry places, waterless places you shall cultivate and cause to grow into a lively and lovely garden. You will bring water, soil, seeds for flora and you will tend me until I rise up and bear fruit, offer shade, beauty and shelter. It is a long process, you are patient, let me also be patient.
Her wasteland like the garden of the Lord. My wasteland, the place where I dump my garbage, my unwanted, used up, worthless items. Can you take this refuse and make it a garden? Can you compost my trash and turn it into something that can feed my garden? Come Holy Spirit, do this, in your timing and in your way.
Joy and gladness shall be found in her. Make me the home of joy and gladness. Let my countenance shine with joy and gladness. Draw all who thirst for joy come and find your gladness for them when they are with me. Let me carry your joy with me wherever I wander today.
Thanksgiving and the sound of song found in her. Let these be on my tongue and coming from my heart as a constant theme. Thanks for your work and wonders, a little ditty about you springing up from my heart at all times.
Today, this snowy morning, I need my wastelands turned into a garden. How about you?
I need comfort. That was my prayer when I woke up yesterday. There is too much worry and pain , o Lord.
Karen, Amen, sister.
Debby, why can’t I leave a reply? It always boots me out!
The symbol and idea of a “wasteland” really speaks to me… I want to believe there has to be hope in the wasteland, right? I’ve been having a hard time finding hope lately… I thank God that I’m not alone in this journey!
Amy, Hope is in you. Look inside.