If we want to catch people for Christ, we need to be sure to do both parts. We need to be willing to listen for God and expect God to speak in even the most mundane parts of our day.
That God chooses to dwell with us, and be with us, even to the extent of dining with us. God would participate in what is both a basic necessity and a sacred moment in community, in order to be with us.
Life is a disorienting experience. Ideas, leaders, and movements come and go. Places we knew change, people we know leave. Just one phone call or headline is enough to convince us that the safety we take for granted is an illusion.
Trusting and believing this assurance from Isaiah may challenge us today just as it would have challenged those who had gotten accustomed to life in exile. That’s why it’s helpful to envision ourselves in the long, winding lineage of God’s people, seeing the connections to the past and the way God has led others before us.
Age is not a qualifier as we live into our callings, but we do so knowing that God created us knowing our full potential.
This world of ours can be a harsh and merciless place to live out our winter days. The darkness that surrounds can be discouraging and disheartening. The shadows are long and hope can be lean. Still we are called to return to the waters where we have known God’s glory.