After the Storm
Isaiah 62 CEB
What I am going to write isn't brain surgery. Sometimes we need to hear the simple stuff because we get bogged down in the complex details. When our brain hurts from thinking too much it is nice to hear the sky is blue and the grass is green; today is Thursday, and tomorrow is Friday. Sometimes we need to step back and realize the bigger truth and take a collective sigh.
God loves us. In many ways it is that simple. When God acts in the world it is an action of love. When God speaks to us it is a word of love. When God gives us the means to set us back on the correct path, that too is an act of love. I say this because the bible would have tons of 'kick them while the're down' moments if God was anything but a God of love. If that was the case we would be able to point to places where God responds to the people, "Told you so, you idiot," but we don't. It is in humanities darkest hours of distress and loss God shines a light into our darkness. Isaiah 62 is one of those moments. The Hebrew people are separated from their homeland, and their connection to God through the temple. Things couldn't get much worse. Instead of God sending a message of 'see I told you so,' the people get a message of hope. God lets them know redemption is going to come. God tells them there is something to look forward to.
We should remember this. When life appear to be at its lowest, and there doesn't appear to be any way out of the muck... don't give up hope. God is a God of love, and God loves you. Yes, getting out of the muck and low points is an enormous undertaking. Yet, because God loves us, God is there to be our cheerleader, telling us what great thing lies right around the corner. Trust that the still small voice is there, because if you can tune into it, you will hear "I love you, and I want to redeem you."