continued from yesterday, by Cheryle Hanna...
The images Isaiah sees are nothing short of breathtaking! This is no sightseeing trip to God’s country for casual tourists or curious travelers. This is a climb up the mountain of God and a peek into God’s preferred future for all creation. Can you see it, world peace? Isn’t the desire for world peace the correct answer for any and all beauty contestant and political aspirants?
God’s pronounces sentence on humanity’s historical reliance on fear, war, mistrust and violence to secure our lives and our livelihood. God’s demilitarization project on the mountain condemns warmongering, hankering to be on top and the ‘might-makes-right’ attitude we have.
We as God’s people are called upon to see the world as new with a new way of being. It is us who change the plowshares into pruning hooks, because we will have learned God’s ways and no longer need war to settle differences between us.
But that is not all the Isaiah saw; if we look more closely we will discover there is also movement coming down the mountain! God’s teaching and God’s word are coming down; and they descend the slopes like an avalanche bringing light, judgment and peace with them.
The brilliant light of God’s peaceable kingdom illuminates the path of the nations and allows people to avoid the ruts and soft spots. The light of the Son come into the world draws all nations and all peoples into the marvelous light; helping us weary travelers to love and do good deeds, encouraging us to look ahead, putting one foot in front of the other believing that our final stop is God and it is coming soon.
Brothers and sisters, we must not allow the vision of God’s future for us to be clouded by the news of war, disease and calamity. The prophet is challenging us to end our rushing about and take a moment, examine our present course and projected destiny and realign or possibly make a u-turn towards God’s mountain and the in-breaking kingdom of peace, light and love. Amen.
Thanks Cheryle for pointing us towards specific changes many of us need to make during this Advent season and beyond. You've also reminded us that movement is an integral part of God's calling upon each of us. Bless you, friend.