Truth 25: The Lord will surely comfort
The Lord will surely comfort Zion and will look with compassion on all her ruins; he will make her deserts like Eden, her wastelands like the garden of the Lord. Joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the sound of singing. Isaiah 51:3 NIV
So hard and lonely
Feels so alone
Like bombs are exploding
Missiles falling everywhere
Tornados spinning out of control
Hail pounding down
Walking through land mines
of a lifetime
And everyone else is oblivious
Snap out of it they say
What is wrong with you?
They just don’t know this war.
They have no idea.
I wrote this on a very fun and relaxing vacation in May 2013. It wanted to describe what it felt like to walk through the zoo trying to enjoy time with my kids while awful flashbacks and images kept popping in my mind.
I was surprised at how I would see, hear, or smell something and it would take me back. One minute I was laughing and the next minute I was looking off remembering. Sometimes my heart would beat fast, and other times tears would fill my eyes and spill over.
Past, Present, Future. The elevator with three floors, and sometimes when the door opened I never knew which floor I was walking on.
I felt so alone and disconnected. I would stare off and my eyes would glaze over, and then I would snap back and try to engage again.
Stay present. Stay focused.
It was effort, and it was hard. I couldn’t stop in the middle of watching the giraffes and talk about it with anyone. When I felt like I was all alone in the rubble, this promise in Isaiah 51:3 gave me hope. I took the name Zion out and replaced it with my name.
The Lord will surely comfort Michelle and will look with compassion on all her ruins; he will make her deserts like Eden, her wastelands like the garden of the Lord. Joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the sound of singing.
I was not alone.
He was holding my hand in every explosion (past, present and future). He was with me all along…all this time. He never let go, and He never will.
The Eternal One will relieve the troubles and worries of Zion and bring comfort to the rubble of its destruction. God will turn deserted places into a flourishing garden like Eden of old; happy voices will ring out in the Eternal’s garden; Buoyant music and thanksgiving will fill the air. Isaiah 51:3 VOICE