Scripture: Isaiah 12:1-6
Key verse: (2) Surely God is my salvation;
I will trust, and will not be afraid,
for the LORD GOD is my strength and my might;
he has become my salvation.
Reflection: How often do you take the time to look back at all that has happened and respond? I don’t find myself doing this very often. More often, I’m trying to live in the moment, to get to the next thing. I’m rushing my way through the day. I don’t feel like I have time to stop and reflect. And when I do, this reflection is not always positive. There are many times when my “stop and look back moments” lead me to frustration and anger. I wonder how could all of those things have happened in such a short time. If I’m honest with myself in those moments, I get to the anger by failing to realize the things that kept me going through those hard times. If I give these moments of reflection a little more time, I find myself feeling grateful for the journey. I realize the strength it took to get me to this moment.
In our text for today, we finally reach the moment to pause, reflect and respond. The previous section describes a picture of what Israel’s restoration will be, but it takes a while to get to the response to such a restoration. Here, in chapter 12, we reach this moment. God turns to Israel in comfort and Isaiah responds with gratitude, telling of trust in the Lord and of the justice that will fall on the nations. After many words about restoration, looking back at what has been and imagining the future, the prophet takes a moment to respond.
This is our opportunity for right now. To pause and take a moment to respond to all that has happened. We are nearing the end of the year, and we all know that this has been a year for the books. So much has happened. I wonder what responding to this year looks like for you. Maybe it looks like gratitude, as our scripture for today demonstrates. Maybe it looks like lament for all that has happened. Maybe it looks like a long, familiar walk to remind you how you have felt grounded this year. Our responses will all look different but I hope we take this time to remember and respond.
Prayer: Almighty God, thank you for your presence this year. Help us to learn to pause, reflect and respond, that we might hear your voice and show others your glory. In the name of your Son. Amen.
Author: Savannah Demuynck
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[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].