Isaiah 34 is written for fall:
“All their host shall fall, as leaves fall from the vine, like leaves falling form the fig tree.”
I am excited for Fall this year! I love the crispness in the air, the colors of the leaves, the mixture of rain and sun. And yet it is the start of winter, when all the trees lose their color and so does the sky. Isaiah was writing in the fall of Israel. They were about to be captured and taken away from their homeland.
God was measuring them with the plumb line of emptiness. Each time you use a plumb line, you readjust until your project matches your measuring tool. Israel would be emptied, and animals provided for just as sure as God had brought them two-by-two into the Ark.
But chapter 35 introduces a new theme: water! The first time it rained this year, I almost danced outside, and could not stop smiling as I warmed my hands on a mug of tea. The desert would blossom with flowers and rejoice! This is a visual representation of God’s glory. Healing, sight, speech, free movement; God would bring new life to old broken bodies. Rather than narrow footpaths, there would be a Highway of Holiness leading to the land of Joy! After winter, God brings spring of new life.
“Say to those with anxious heart,
“Take courage, fear not.
Behold, your God will come with vengeance;
The recompense of God will come,
But He will save you.”
Fall can be a difficult season in life, bringing the dread of change and the fear of the unknown. But God is at work to bring new life out of dry soil. The contrast shows His glory.
Thank You, God, for making deserts lush like the tropics. Thank You for how You work with nations and people to change hearts to turn toward You. Please help my heart be attentive to what You are doing, and help me rejoice in the beauty of how You work. Thank You for rain. Thank You for fall.