Five minute Friday – a prompt, 5 minutes of free writing, link up, then encourage and be encouraged… http://lisajobaker.com/2013/07/five-minute-friday-beautiful/
Usually it’s a song that comes to my mind when I first read the prompt and it takes awhile to get it out of the way so that I can hear what my heart wants to write. Last week it was the phrase ‘In between a rock and a hard place’ which didn’t really resonate with me so I thought I just wouldn’t write. Something did come to me late the next night so I set my timer and liked what resulted. I do think I technically posted on Saturday though. This week it was a Bible verse that first came to mind. One that I need to remember and ponder. I hadn’t thought about this verse for awhile.
The verse caused my mind to go in a couple of different directions – perhaps feet in general is a way to go, I have a few thoughts on the subject (I have been told mine are not particularly beautiful) or I could go with the task of bringing good news… Hmmm. Well let’s see what happens.
How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.” Isaiah 52:6-8
I picture refugees hiding and holding their breath as they are waiting. They are watching the horizon for the one who will bring news of what is happening in their homeland. Whether it is a beautiful sight or not will depend on what the news is. Will they forever remember the image of him running towards them smiling and overjoyed saying “Your God reigns!” Or will they try to forget the sight of him coming with tears and the news of devastation and all hope lost?
Nothing about the scene – the refugees, the messenger, the dusty mountain terrain of that area – none of it is traditionally beautiful. But hope is beautiful, the message of peace is beautiful. The knowledge that God reigns, that he has it all in hand, that He is in control, is beautiful.
Not everyone will see it that way. The ones who wanted to be on the throne themselves will not hear it as good news. They will not want to think about peace at that moment but will want to fight and demand their way. The poor messenger may be killed for words that he brings.
I have been commissioned as a messenger of the Good News of Salvation through Christ – it is not an easy job. There are mountains to climb, rough terrain to tackle and long distanced to go. Not all who I find to tell along the way receive my news cheerfully but I can go on because it pleases God and that is what matters most and somewhere maybe there is a refugee hiding and waiting to hear some Good News from their homeland.