Wednesday's Words

Last fall, I went through Beth Moore's Stepping Up through the Psalms Bible study with a group of ladies at church.  It is a study of the Psalms of Ascent (Psalm 120-134)--these were songs (psalms) that the Israelites sang as they were on their pilgrimages to their annual festivals.  In her application in the first lesson,  Beth talked about how we are all pilgrims and how many of us are in a place (maybe a season of life, family situation, etc) that we might not want to stay in and that these were Psalms/songs that we could 'sing' as we are on our way.   There are some much loved Psalms in that group and my Bible has notes written and words underlined in many of them.  The very last teaching session was all about coming to the end of the pilgrimage and she ended reading verses from Isaiah 35:1-10.  I remember coming to the end of the study and not being able to really put into words how that study had ministered to my heart at that very season of my life and how very precious those words in Isaiah were.  

Fast forward to this morning and my daily Bible reading plan that brought me today to Isaiah 35 and the words written to the side in my Bible that just say "how the pilgrimage ends" and let's just say that by the end, I was having an 'ugly cry' as I thought on God's goodness and the hope that we have in Him.  This world has so many heartaches and there are situations with friends and family and students that burden my heart and, yet,  that burdened heart overflows when I read His promises of what we have to look forward to. 

The wilderness and the desert will be glad,
And the Arabah will rejoice and blossom;
Like the crocus

It will blossom profusely
And rejoice with rejoicing and shout of joy.
The glory of Lebanon will be given to it,
The majesty of Carmel and Sharon.
They will see the glory of the Lord,
The majesty of our God.

Encourage the exhausted, and strengthen the feeble.

Say to those with anxious heart,
"Take courage, fear not.
Behold, your God will come with vengeance;
The recompense of God will come,
But He will save you."

Then the eyes of the blind will be opened
And the ears of the deaf will be unstopped.

Then the lame will leap like a deer,
And the tongue of the mute will shout for joy.
For waters will break forth in the wilderness
And streams in the Arabah.

The scorched land will become a pool
And the thirsty ground springs of water;
In the haunt of jackals, its resting place,
Grass becomes reeds and rushes.

A highway will be there, a roadway,
And it will be called the Highway of Holiness.
The unclean will not travel on it,
But it will be for him who walks that way,
And fools will not wander on it.

No lion will be there,
Nor will any vicious beast go up on it;
These will not be found there.
But the redeemed will walk there,

And the ransomed of the Lord will return
And come with joyful shouting to Zion,
With everlasting joy upon their heads.
They will find gladness and joy,
And sorrow and sighing will flee away.

I kept trying to decide which verses I could leave out, but I just love it all. I love knowing that our life's pilgrimage ends where we will find gladness and joy and sorrow and sighing will flee away. Today marks my official 'anniversary' of being five years cancer free and I am oh so thankful, but my heart today is simply longing for a day when we are ALL cancer free and we are all whole and happy and in His presence.  He is just so good and faithful and these words have replayed in my mind all day.


Anonymous said…
Happy Anniversary Becky! I'm so glad to see God's faithfulness in your life. It encourages me in my own walk. The IL WAC retreat is at camp next weekend, I always think of you when I am there! Good memories! :) Love you! Tia
LaCombe said…
God has been so Good in your life and I am so thankful to know you and see God work through you! Congrats on your 5 year anniversary! My Faith became stronger and still does, the day I meet you at TDF! God put you and me in a place that I could meet you and learn of His Great Love! Kathy
Anonymous said…
Well said, Becky! Keeping our eyes on the end of the journey, as God leads us on His path, is awesome! Love you so much. Awesome God! Gma E
Brittany Maddox said…
I'm so glad youre able to share such a great testimony! Love you all!

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