To tell you the truth, the last thing I feel like doing right now is writing.
That is a terrible thing to say to your reader friends, I know! But I’m just being honest here, saying what I would say to a really good friend. I’m drained. Two nights away from home and watching my sis-in-love suffer terrible pain as she struggles with cancer, and then my husband calls. He and my sis both spent the night awake. Raw pain. Real suffering. Maybe I should just shut my mouth right now before I am an epic failure at encouragement.
Oh, but Jesus met me at church even though I was late and bleary-eyed.
As tired as I am, I cannot wait to give you snippets of Isaiah 62 which was faithfully taught to us this morning. Nothing fancy. No bells and whistles. Just truth spoken with quiet passion. So here is the good news, sisters.
“You shall be called by a new name which the mouth of the Lord will name.” Is. 62:2
Legally my name is no longer Lost, Forsaken, Doomed! I’ve been adopted as joint-heir with Christ. My inheritance is far better than the richest oil sheik! Even though I can’t claim a single rich relative, I am a royal daughter.
“You shall be a crown of glory in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem…” Is.62:3
Ever wish you could be a princess for a day? Or a week? Or even just have someone to clean and cook for you for a week? Now we’re talking! Some of you know what I mean.
“For the LORD delights in you…” Is. 62:4
Now this is the sweetest thought to me. If you grew up feeling and knowing that your father delighted in you, you were one blessed child. So many parents do not know how to communicate their love wisely and well. Many children are downright neglected and abused.
God leaves us in no doubt of His dear sweet love for His children. He planned from ages past to rescue, redeem, and adopt His children. Then He clearly and repeatedly states His unchanging love for us. I can never hear this enough. I forget this too often. It was a healing balm to my bruised and aching heart today. I had to share this comfort with you. Hugs!