Scripture: Isaiah 35: 1-10
Key verse: (8) A highway shall be there, and it shall be called the Holy Way; the unclean shall not travel on it, but it shall be for God’s people; no traveler, not even fools, shall go astray.
Reflection: God’s people were in exile and the prophet Isaiah offered them a hopeful vision of the future when they would return home. This entire chapter rings out with joy. The vision of a dry wilderness desert blooms with abundant joy. The sound of singing fills the air. The weak and disabled are strengthened and healed. The hot sand under their feet will become a pool of cool water. They are headed home! The highway is before them and they will walk and dance and sing and shout the entire way.
No traveler, not even fools, shall go astray. Not. Even. Fools. What fabulous news! I know some fools, don’t you? And sometimes I am a fool too; how about you? So often the path of faith seems full of twists and turns, trials and tests. So often the journey looks ominous and threatening. So often the way is blocked by obstacles. But not the Holy Way home to God!
Maybe it’s like the yellow brick road or a red carpet. Maybe there are guard rails. Maybe there are herding dogs to nip at the heels of those who begin to wander. Maybe there are arrows painted on the ground and signs posted on every tree. In whatever way God has built it, the Holy Way is foolproof! God invites you home. God welcomes you. The journey of faith isn’t easy street but with God’s help, even fools don’t go astray. Let’s dance and sing and shout like a bunch of holy fools!
Prayer: O God, thank you for loving me even when I am foolish. Thank you for welcoming me even when I’m not worthy. Thank you for leading me home even when I am prone to wander. Thank you for your steadfast love for all of us fools. Amen.
Author: Millie Snyder
[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].