I had been reading through Isaiah when I became pregnant. The morning after our trip to the ER and the discovery of the twins, I was on chapter 44:
“But now listen, O Jacob, My servant,
And Israel, whom I have chosen:
Thus says the LORD who made you
And formed you from the womb, who will help you,
‘Do not fear, O Jacob My servant;
And you Jeshurun whom I have chosen.
‘For I will pour out water on the thirsty land
And streams on the dry ground;
I will pour out My Spirit on your offspring
And My blessing on your descendants;
And they will spring up among the grass
Like poplars by streams of water.’
“This one will say, ‘I am the LORD’S’;
And that one will call on the name of Jacob;
And another will write on his hand, ‘Belonging to the LORD,’
And will name Israel’s name with honor.
Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, and the one who formed you from the womb,
“I, the LORD, am the maker of all things,
Stretching out the heavens by Myself
And spreading out the earth all alone,
Causing the omens of boasters to fail,
Making fools out of diviners,
Causing wise men to draw back
And turning their knowledge into foolishness,
Confirming the word of His servant
And performing the purpose of His messengers
It is I who says of Jerusalem, ‘She shall be inhabited!’
And of the cities of Judah, ‘They shall be built.’
And I will raise up her ruins again.
These words were so timely and such a comfort to me, with my head spinning that morning, filled with new revelations from the night before, and new fears to accompany them. But God reminded me through this passage that none of this ever comes as a surprise to Him. He created all things, by Himself, and He alone will sustain and confirm all things until the end. Even ruins have hope in His economy. That’s the kind of God I want in charge of my life. How about you?
Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me bless His holy name.