The Lord woke me up at 7:11 this morning. Fully awake, no headache from all the wine I consumed last night, I was clearly told to pick up my Word. Excited and expectant, I immediately opened up to Isaiah. I keep my notes from sermons tucked away in my Bible, and a sermon from Louie Giglio entitled “Sweet Surrender”—covering Isaiah 55—was sitting there. The passage that I read through, though, was in Isaiah 54, verse 11-17.
God is talking to Jerusalem in this passage, but I think he was specifically talking to me this morning.
“O storm-battered city, troubled and desolate! I will rebuild you on a foundation of sapphires and make the walls of your houses from precious jewels. I will make your towers of sparkling rubies and your gates and walls of shining gems. I will teach all your citizens, and their prosperity will be great. You will live under a government that is just and fair. Your enemies will stay far away; you will live in peace. Terror will not come near. If any nation comes to fight you, it will not be because I sent them to punish you. Your enemies will always be defeated because I am on your side. I have created the blacksmith who fans the coals beneath the forge and makes the weapons of destruction. And I have created the armies that destroy. But in that coming day, no weapon turned against you will succeed. And everyone who tells lies in court will be brought to justice. These benefits are enjoyed by the servants of the Lord; their vindication will come from me. I, the Lord, have spoken!”
It was pretty clear that this was for me; I have been wavering about the idea of trusting the Lord for some time now. Jesus wants me living for him, though! Last week, I got in a car accident and totaled my car—not a scratch was on me after I left that vehicle. We got $500 for the car—a huge blessing in which I completely broke even for all expenses (towing, ticketing)—neither my parents nor I are out any money at all. I live next to a MARTA station, so I can get anywhere (and to work!) that way. It’s almost like nothing bad happened at all. It’s the most God-ordained situation I’ve ever been in. It’s actually incredible.
God has pursued me like none other this week (look, I’m voluntarily awake at 7:30 a.m. on a day off from school!), and I’m sitting here, typing in this brand new blogger, to sit here and say, “YES.” I have missed the Lord more than I was willing to admit, and need Him in my life more than I can even say.