I love the book of Isaiah. Whenever I am “wandering” through the Bible I usually end up there. Yesterday was no exception and I found myself in Isaiah 55…
Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters;
and you who have no money, come, buy and eat.
Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost.
Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy?
Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and your soul will delight
in the richest of fare.
Give ear and come to me; hear me that your soul may live. (verses 1-3)
It’s a familiar passage…one that I have prayed for someone that I dearly love who is far from the Lord…spending money on what is not bread and laboring on what does not satisfy. I have that person’s name written next to the passage and yesterday I noticed the date that I had written next to the name. October 29, 2000…almost 11 years ago. The reality of those 11 years hit me pretty hard. I guess I just hadn’t really done the math in a while. I have to be honest, as the tears were rolling down my cheeks, my first thought was 11 wasted years. Sadness and hopelessness were bubbling just beneath the surface…but then I kept reading…
For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.
As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.
As the rain and the snow come down from heaven,
and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish,
so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire
and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. (verses 8-11)
My ways are not His ways and my timing is not His timing. It is prideful for me to decide that the last 11 years have been wasted because circumstances have not played out according to my plan. I serve a great God who has never once been out of control in the last eleven years…not one thing has surprised Him…and He also loves my loved one more than I could ever understand. I also believe with all my heart that the Lord gave me this word 11 years ago to pray and I know that God says that… It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
So I will continue to pray…not because my words have the power to change a heart…but because my words of prayer keep me focused on the ONE who does have the power to change hearts.
He is able…