Then will the eyes of the blind be opened,
the ears of the deaf be cleared;
Then will the lame leap like a stag,
then the tongue of the mute will sing.
Streams will burst forth in the desert,
and rivers in the steppe.
The burning sands will become pools,
and the thirsty ground, springs of water; – Is 35:5-7
The prophet Isaiah gives the people of Israel a sense of hope in theses verses. The images of the blind seeing, the deaf hearing, the lame dancing, the mute singing are beautiful images that touch the human heart. Even today, we find some sense of hope hearing these words. We all are touched by the frailty of the human condition. We know of sons and daughters, mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, cousins and friends who have been touched by disease and pain, untimely death. And we are filled with sorrow. What are we to do? To whom can we bring this sorrow? Who can set things right again?
This Isaiah reading speaks to a sense of hope and confidence for those who trust in God. Only in God will all things make sense. I have spoken to others the fact that I have many questions of God. There are many things in this world that simply do not make sense to me. When I, hopefully, reach heaven those questions will be answered.
Lord, help me to understand your way. May my hope in you grow only deeper and stronger each day. Amen.