I really need a nap, but I was compelled to write. I was talking to Mike this morning, and I brought up the prophet Isaiah. Like doesn’t everyone? I have always been struck by this one interaction with God. He says that one year he see’s the Lord. Holy cow….to say the least! Isaiah goes on to describe the scene, and eventually he realizes his own sin in comparison to the glory of God. He says “I have filthy lips and live among a people with filthy lips.” For some reason, that verse has always gotten to me. It was like Jesus was saying, “girl…this verse is for you!” At some point when I started actually posting what I write, I felt that Isaiah’s moment in time had lessons for me.
Eventually an angel takes a burning coal from the altar and touches Isaiah’s lips and “cleanses” them. It is then the Lord asks “who shall I send?” Isaiah steps forward to take the job.
After reading this, I’ve tried to write what I think will honor God. More importantly, I work hard to make sure what I say does not drag Jesus’ name through the mud. Truthfully, because of this there are some thoughts in my head that have never make it to print. When I am tempted to use sarcasm, a sharp wit or demeaning points to prove someone wrong, I think of Isaiah. Of how he was burdened by his “unclean lips,” and how I don’t want to live with that kind of burden. I got enough other sin in my life to deal with.
Plus I am reminded that in offering up my words to God, I am also in line to receive potential blessing from what I write. The blessing of encouraging others, sharing strength and showing love to a world that is longing for that kind of love. Plus ya just never know, He may even bless me with the opportunity to say something that is truly life changing.
“All right then, the Lord himself will give you the sign. Look! The virgin will conceive a
child! She will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel, which means God is with us.” Isaiah 7:14
If you want to check it out Isaiah’s meeting with God for yourself….. Isaiah 6:1-7
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