Scripture: Isaiah 18-22
Key verse: (18:4) For thus the Lord said to me:
I will quietly look from my dwelling
like clear heat in sunshine,
like a cloud of dew in the heat of harvest.
Reflection: After Easter, the frenzy of lives has started to swirl again. Everything that was canceled over the last year is being scheduled or planned because it was so sad we missed each and every event. That is on top of everyday life. I want to go back to my porch and quietly look out at the world, sipping my cup of tea. I know that is a bit of avoidance and a lot of privilege but what do we do with the frenzy. I was a bit surprised at how fast things picked up!
Our passage reminds us that nothing takes God by surprise. The sovereignty of God is a strong foundation as the nations rage and threats of war are present. The King James Version translate verse 4 as, The lord revealed to Isaiah, “I will take my rest”. God did not lay aside all care for the people but rested with the purpose of comforting them and giving them refreshment like clear heat after the rain or a dew in the time of harvest.
The rays of the sun are a gift after the damp cold of winter. The same is true of rest or Sabbath. Sabbath tells the story of rest and grace, but it’s not always an easy story to hear. Rest and grace upset the cart.
This past year was really hard for many of us. We found out we like afternoon walks with our partner. We enjoy dinner with our family and Saturday brunch with a friend on the front porch. Where can we find those moments to take Sabbath rest during our day? I don’t know about you but I can go in an hour later to work to have a cup of tea on the front porch and enjoy the quiet of the day. Where will you find your Sabbath rest this week or in your routine? May God guide us to take our rest.
Prayer: Quiet my heart God, give rest to my soul and refocus my spirit. Holy Spirit, help me to be intentional with my time and worship, and encourage me to find rest in you alone. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Author: Michelle Thomas-Bush
[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].