Scripture Text: Isaiah 43: 15-19
I am the Lord, your Holy One, the Creator of Israel, your King. Thus says the Lord, who makes a way in the sea, a path in the mighty waters, who brings out chariot and horse, army and warrior; they lie down, they cannot rise, they are extinguished, quenched like a wick: Do not remember the former things, or consider the things of old. I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.
We have talked and talked about preparing the way, about being the ones to make a way for the Coming of the Lord. So what exactly does that mean? What are we REALLY supposed to be doing during this Season of Holy Waiting? Do we clean up around us, perhaps making the place in which we reside a bit more presentable? Do we pull out the good dishes and the best linens? Do we prepare a meal fit for a king? Do we throw all that we have into decorating our lives for the season? No, it’s probably something more. Do we prepare ourselves to welcome God, perhaps to be open to what surely will be a massive change in the way we think and the way we live? Do we clear ourselves of the debris in our minds and hearts so that we are prepared for God to come into our lives unhindered? What does all that mean?
Perhaps this season, in the midst of our waiting, in the midst of our preparing, is a season of becoming. Not just becoming something better or something different; not just becoming someone more versed in the ways of the Lord; it means becoming–learning to BE the Coming of the Lord. What if our lives, rather than being spent looking for something or someone outside of us to come, someone to come and “fix” things or “change” things or set things right, were spent becoming the Coming? (I know…I’m talking in circles.) God is not waiting in the wings of our lives to come. God is not holding out on us until we “get it” or until we “do something right” or even until we “become who God envisions that we can be.” God is here, now, in this moment, waiting…waiting…patiently waiting for us to see and to hear and to know. God is waiting for us to realize that we, even we, can BE the Coming of God into our world, can BE the very image of God, the very likeness of Jesus Christ.
We are not called to become God. God is God. We are not destined to become Divine. But we are already holy and sacred, a gift of God. As the Scripture says, God is about to do a new thing–even with us. God is even now making a way in the wilderness, clearing a path, for the Reign of God to come in its fullness. Even now the darkness in our lives is being pushed back. The Light is beckoning us forth. Follow the path. BE the Coming of God into this world. In other words, BE the Light. Be the change. Be Coming.
The noblest prayer is when [one] who prays is inwardly transformed into what [one] kneels before. (Angelus Silesius, 1624-1677)
FOR TODAY: Imagine what it means to BE the Coming of God. What do you need to do to prepare for that?
Grace and Peace,