Of all the books in the Bible, I find myself in Isaiah, more times than not, rereading and studying the words written long ago about individuals and groups of people who followed God’s law and those who didn’t. I reflect on and study God’s part in individuals lives; I reflect on and study God’s part in groups of people; I reflect on and study in order to perhaps find answers for myself.
A long time ago, I started writing in my Bible…notes, dates, comments, questions. Some people disagree with writing in a Bible, but I find the study of “myself” in my notes….I find the growth of myself in my notes. There are times when I can read a verse and it will be just words on a page and other times, I will be taken to tears when the words are exactly what I needed to hear.
See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me.
The verse Isaiah 49:16 is one that brings me comfort in times of need. Knowing that there is a “higher power” who is at the wall before I even get there is comforting. I have at times come to this verse and thought, “Who am I, that You would want me “on the palm of Your hands?” I have come to express gratitude and thanksgiving for placing me on the palm of His hands.
The Lord God has given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him who is weary. He awakens Me morning by morning, He awakens My ear to hear as the learned…..
The verse 50:4 has given definition to “my purpose” throughout life. Close to thirty years ago, I chose to become a school teacher. One of my goals was to ensure that every child in the classroom had a voice. There are students who stand out in class, they speak up, they act out, they make their presence known. It’s the quiet ones, the struggling ones that I wanted to make sure they knew someone saw them. As I near my last week of teaching in a public school setting, I can look back and know that I reached that goal many times over. Names and faces appear in a flash and tears form as I realize how many children and parents God brought to me over the years.
Leaving the classroom doesn’t take away my purpose, it will just be in other places, still with faces that need to hear the words that will be sent them.
And I have put my words in thy mouth, and I have covered thee in the shadow of mine hand, that I may plant the heavens, and lay the foundations of the earth, and say unto Zion, Thou art my people.
Isaiah 51:16 isn’t one I have marked as many times as some, but today touches me in a realization of knowing that there have been those whose paths I’ve crossed that are laying their own foundations and plants because of the interaction arranged by God between me and them. I simply carried a message.
Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of the LORD; awake, as in the ancient days, in the generations of old.
While there are days that I am tired, I am so grateful for the strength and purpose given for each day. There is so much more to be done.