Does your life ever seem like a zoo? The car is the elephant, the Christmas decorations are peacocks, and if anything goes wrong…well, you have the laughing monkeys.
Isaiah 11:1-11 speaks about a miraculous time on earth when peace will truly reign on earth:
“The wolf shall dwell with the lamb,
and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat,
and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together;
and a little child shall lead them.”
What caused this state of being? Is it a highly controlled scientific experiment? No…Someone came and made a difference. Isaiah told about Him:
“There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse,
and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit.
2 And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him,
the Spirit of wisdom and understanding,
the Spirit of counsel and might,
the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.
3 And his delight shall be in the fear of the Lord.
He shall not judge by what his eyes see,
or decide disputes by what his ears hear,
4 but with righteousness he shall judge the poor,
and decide with equity for the meek of the earth;
and he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth,
and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked.”
Jesus was from the line of David, and the Spirit rested on Him after His baptism. He came to speak peace into the world. He brought a lot of disruption into the stale routines of the world, and challenged the world to truly live. And He started in a stable…surrounded by animals of all varieties.
God, thank You that You bring peace to a disrupted world. And no matter how chaotic my life is, how many animals break out of the zoo, You bring stability by pulling out expectations and calling us to a different lifestyle. God, please help me to trust You in the midst of chaos, and seek the peace that You bring. Even in the middle of a bunch of wild animals.
Just like this child explains.. Jesus surrounded by a zoo.