Tuesday, October 23, 2012

In our family, at dinner time, we check in with everyone to see who may have the "joke of the day" to share.  These jokes, are just funny things that we did, said, saw or heard that day, that made us laugh.  Well this morning, Lydia had the joke of the day today!
As she was enjoying her breakfast, she said "I could marry yogurt and granola.  I love them!"  Knowing that she had recently proclaimed that she could marry bananas, I asked her about this.  She said, "I am past bananas!"  Of course, by tonight she had moved on yet again and kissed the piece of pizza she was enjoying.
Today, I read again Isaiah 35, a chapter I had read on May 22, and was grateful for the fullness of God's transforming power that we see in Lydia.  Out of the wilderness, flowers are blooming.  He is bringing beauty and joy. Lydia is blossoming.  He is strengthening the feeble hands, and steadying the knees that give way.  Our lame girl is learning to leap like a deer, and her mute tongue now shouts (and sings) for joy!  Gladness and joy are overtaking us, and sorrow and sighing are fleeing away.
We are thankful.  Thank you, God, for coming to save.

Joy of the Redeemed

Isaiah 35 The desert and the parched land will be glad;
the wilderness will rejoice and blossom.
Like the crocus, 2 it will burst into bloom;
it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy.
The glory of Lebanon will be given to it,
the splendor of Carmel and Sharon;
they will see the glory of the Lord,
the splendor of our God.

3 Strengthen the feeble hands,
steady the knees that give way;
4 say to those with fearful hearts,
“Be strong, do not fear;
your God will come,
he will come with vengeance;
with divine retribution
he will come to save you.”

5 Then will the eyes of the blind be opened
and the ears of the deaf unstopped.
6 Then will the lame leap like a deer,
and the mute tongue shout for joy.
Water will gush forth in the wilderness
and streams in the desert.
7 The burning sand will become a pool,
the thirsty ground bubbling springs.
In the haunts where jackals once lay,
grass and reeds and papyrus will grow.

8 And a highway will be there;
it will be called the Way of Holiness;
it will be for those who walk on that Way.
The unclean will not journey on it;
wicked fools will not go about on it.
9 No lion will be there,
nor any ravenous beast;
they will not be found there.
But only the redeemed will walk there,
10 and those the Lord has rescued will return.
They will enter Zion with singing;
everlasting joy will crown their heads.
Gladness and joy will overtake them,
and sorrow and sighing will flee away.