*Today I'm guest posting (for the first time...yikes!) at Word Women Wednesdays with the oh so kind Tiffini at the House of Belonging. (Isn't that a scrumptious blog name?) Please join me.
The holy LORD God of Israel has told all of you,
"I will keep you safe if you turn back to me and calm down.
I will make you strong if you quietly trust me."
Then you stubbornly
Isaiah 30:15 CEV
I’m memorizing scripture with the Beth Moore’s Siestaville this year. This is the first time I’ve systematically committed the bible to heart since I was a little VBS’er. Interesting experience. I’ve never found scripture to be so vital or challenging. In a year when my feelings and interpretation of events say some pretty harsh things about God these verses have been freedom filled correction: guardrails in this steeply winding portion of my journey.
Isaiah 30:15 drew me because of the words safety, strength and comfort. I was attracted to the translations that talked about resting and quietness, those are messages I often like. But there was something about the straightforward directions in the Contemporary English Version that captured my attention: turn back, calm down, quietly trust. When I was searching for this last verse I felt as if my whole life was being shaken and possibly turned upside down. This was not a moment for gentle as much as it was for clear and direct.
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