Isaiah 6:1-13: And one called to another and said: Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory. The pivots on the thresholds shook at the voices of those who called, and the house filled with smoke. And I said: Woe is me! I am lost, for I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips; yet my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!
After having foundation work on my house, a few new cracks appeared on the inside. Apparently, straightening the house put pressure on places which had lived happily along when the foundation leaned.
Choosing to follow Jesus straightened my soul’s foundation, but that work revealed weaknesses and caused other parts of my life to falter. Cracks appeared in my way of approaching other people, as I saw, painfully, that a seeker of God cannot dismiss God’s creations. Pet attitudes have to go, as does my insecurity, if I am to pattern myself in the image of a loving God.
Isaiah’s vision of God in the sanctuary revealed creatures who extolled the holiness of God. When they spoke, “the pivots of the thresholds shook,” as acknowledgment of God’s ‘otherness’ shakes the foundation of human existence.
I was more comfortable before I knew about God and God’s loving will. But I want to invite God to change me, to live in me. I want the firm and straight foundation.
With God’s help, I will then work on the cracks that appear inside.
Psalm 38; 2 Thessalonians 1:1-12; John 7:53-8:11
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