Isaiah had been given a mission. God told him that he was to be a shining light to direct God’s people, the Israelites, who were spread around the world, and to others who didn’t know God.
The first time we travelled to Canada’s east coast was the beginning of my fascination with lighthouses, for there are many in Nova Scotia. We saw the famous one at Peggy’s Cove, but the door was locked. We’ve climbed the stairs in other lighthouses to see how they worked. The keeper’s life could be lonely, and the job was not necessarily free from danger. Today, most lights are automatic, but they still act as a beacon for ships passing by in dangerous waters.
Our job as a light is not always easy, either. People misunderstand us and mistrust our offers of help. We’ve had struggles within our doors, and those who would reject our message point to lives that are not always the best example. We are human. Still we are asked to work at becoming more Christ-like, after the One who would come long after Isaiah’s time.
Loving God, thank you for your light. Help us to live our lives in such a way that gives others hope. Amen. — CRW