I find myself reading in Isaiah more than ever these days. I have enjoyed digging deeper into each chapter and exploring other translations. Yesterday was a beautiful full day as we went to the beach and fellowshipped with some dear ministry friends. We are staying 4 miles from the ocean and even though I love mountains, the water does something for me. It’s easier to breathe when the ocean is in my view. Do you find that being the same for you? I feel like if we put Jesus in that same sentence, our complicated confusions might become a little clearer. “It’s easier to breathe when God is in my view.” If only we could truly grasp that. Maybe we would never shift our sight, maybe we’d remember more that life is easier when holding the one who created it.
Isaiah 60 is where I began reading and I won’t write the whole chapter here but I do encourage reading it and maybe explore other versions of it as well. It speaks to me even from the first verse.
“Get out of bed, Jerusalem! Wake up. Put your face in the sunlight. God’s bright glory has risen for you. The whole earth is wrapped in darkness, all people sunk in deep darkness, But God rises on you, His sunrise glory breaks over you.” Verse 1 (MSG)
He says: you see all this pain, all the sadness that is miles wide? I want to glorify you, my child. I want you to shine brighter than any star but I might have to teach you some things-all for MY glory you see.
At the end of verse 7 He says “I will glorify the house of my glory.” Where He is glorified, glory will come.
In the morning- give God the glory
In the evening- give God the glory
In the rain- give God the glory
In the sunshine- give God the glory
Breathe it, as if it is as close as the next breath on your lips.
It seems so easy to write this, to speak it but to achieve it is anything but easy. You know what though, if you’re at a loss for words just say “God I don’t understand this mess I’m in but I give you glory. God I’m missing the reason behind this, but I give you glory. God, I’m not sure why you let that happen but I give you glory.”
He has a reason that you are planted where you are. He has a plan and a purpose for you and can use any circumstance for His good but we have to let Him. We must let the gardener garden and remember to give Him the glory. Everything we go through has the opportunity to glorify the Master. As if you’re looking through a camera: choose to focus on Jesus and let the other distractions fade, it will be easier to breathe.
“The branch of My planting, The work of My hands, that I may be glorified.” Isaiah 60:21b
All my love,