It was in the ninth year of Hoshea,
the King of Israel, when Assyria
besieged the land and took them captive.
Carried away, divided, disbursed...
these children of Israel who sinned
against the Lord their God
were now experiencing the reality
of all the prophets spoke before them.
The words they did not wish to hear,
the tomorrow they thought
would never come,
the light shone on their darkness
revealing the idols of their hearts,
the wicked places they thought buried deep.
But nothing is hidden, really.
Nothing is too far from God.
We can only turn away from God for so long,
getting our way,
living in the shallowness of self.
Why is it we run from the One
who longs to fulfill the emptiness,
that hollow place inside?
Let us not listen to the lie
whispered in the darkness.
Rather turn to the light which calls forth...
"Come now, and let us reason together,”
Says the Lord,
“Though your sins are like scarlet,
They shall be as white as snow;
Though they are red like crimson,
They shall be as wool.
If you are willing and obedient,
You shall eat the good of the land;
But if you refuse and rebel,
You shall be devoured by the sword;"
For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.
Isaiah 1:18-20 NKJV
He will always return for us,
for He cannot abandon His creation.
We were made to worship Him
for all eternity.
Word of God
train me, today...
to lean into the light, turning only to You,
to never settle for self, for I alone
cannot satisfy the longing
You created within me.
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