“For you shall go out in joy, and be led back in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall burst into song, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.” vs. 12
When the prophet brought the word of the Lord to the returned exiles, they had a hard time believing that the nation could ever be restored to its former glory. And to think that the nation of Israel would become a light to the world was beyond their comprehension. Isaiah does his best to assure them that the word of the Lord has power, and those things of which he spoke would indeed come to pass. Even the mountains and hills would burst into song, and the trees of the field would clap their hands. We who are living through the pandemic of 2020 are having the same doubts about the future. We wonder if life will ever be the same again–some even wonder if we’ll ever be free from this scourge. We’ve lived with it for months and there seems to be no relief in sight. But in the midst of all this the Lord continues to promise that there will be an end to this siege, and that life will once more be full of joy. Of course it may well be that there will be changes in behavior, but perhaps those will be for the better. One day we’ll be singing again, and perhaps the mountains will join on the refrain while the trees mark the time.
Thought for the Day: How will post-pandemic life change?