I took you from the ends of the earth,
from its farthest corners I called you.
I said, "You are my servant;"
I have chosen you and have not rejected you.
So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
It was for Israel, but maybe it is for me too.
You have called me. You have chosen me. There are things You want me to do, for which You will strengthen me. But I forgot, I think. Or I forget in the midst of day to day living, and I end up living as if what I do doesn't matter.
But it does matter.
"Dismayed." Yeah, I guess that's how it is, that's how I live about some of this stuff.
So...what if I readjusted? What if I really look at this as Your promise to me? What if I look into Your eyes, and listen, as You speak this over me?
(pause...breath...read it again...and maybe again...)
As I do that...something shifts.
Thank You for this reminder.
Thank You for this invitation.
Thank You for Your promises...and Your presence.