March 27, 2012
March 27: God moments
SCRIPTURE: Isaiah 50:4-9
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What does it take to “awaken” me? I need to be awakened not just in the morning, but periodically throughout my day. I need “God moments”: a sunrise, a new blanket of snow, a dark night sky or a large, orange moon.
Several weekends ago, I had the privilege to interpret for a large group of elementary students. As the weekend wore on, I experienced a “God moment.” At one point in the concert, a group of the students’ fathers came up on stage to sing with them. It was a true awakening, the mix of young children’s voices with the more mature voices of the fathers was very powerful. “In the rifted rock I’m resting, safely sheltered I abide, there no foes nor storms molest me while within the cleft I hide.”
I am amazed how easily distracted I can become and completely miss the signs around me of our King’s return. But, when our attention is drawn to a “God moment,” everything is brought into perspective.
SCRIPTURE: Isaiah 50:4-9 (NRSV)
4 The Lord God has given me the tongue of a teacher,
that I may know how to sustain the weary with a word. Morning by morning he wakens — wakens my ear to listen as those who are taught. 5 The Lord God has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious, I did not turn backward. 6 I gave my back to those who struck me, and my cheeks to those who pulled out the beard; I did not hide my face from insult and spitting. 7 The Lord God helps me; therefore I have not been disgraced; therefore I have set my face like flint, and I know that I shall not be put to shame; 8 he who vindicates me is near. Who will contend with me? Let us stand up together. Who are my adversaries? Let them confront me. 9 It is the Lord God who helps me; who will declare me guilty? All of them will wear out like a garment; the moth will eat them up.
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