For several years our small town entered the Communities in Bloom contest. Months before judgment day, home and business owners, along with a committed group of volunteers, worked feverishly to get the town “whipped into shape.” Weeds were pulled and potholes filled all in attempts to convince the judges that our town was worthy of distinction.
In quoting Isaiah 40, John the Baptist is painting a similar picture of a community making preparations for a visiting monarch. Valleys were filled and high places leveled so that the king would have a pleasant ride into town. John, however, wasn’t referring to the visit of just any king, but the King of kings, and the repair to which he is alluding was not physical in nature, but rather the mending of broken hearts and lives.
Thankfully, we’re not left to our own resources to patch up our lives to the point where Jesus will give us a “thumbs-up” on judgment day. For John, it wasn’t the condition of the road that was of ultimate importance, but rather the one coming down that road, Jesus alone is the only one who can fill our pothole-ridden lives, and so we turn and let him get to work.
Lord, fix my broken life. Amen. — ACS