A Lenten Journey: The Wilderness Trail — Day Thirty-Five


Isaiah 44:1-8, The Living Bible

Listen to me, O my servant Israel, O my chosen ones:

The Lord who made you, who will help you, says: O servant of mine, don’t be afraid. O Jerusalem, my chosen ones, don’t be afraid. For I will give you abundant water for your thirst and for your parched fields. And I will pour out my Spirit and my blessings on your children. They shall thrive like watered grass, like willows on a riverbank. “I am the Lord’s,” they’ll proudly say, or, “I am a Jew,” and tattoo upon their hands the name of God or the honored name of Israel.

The Lord, the King of Israel, says—yes, it is Israel’s Redeemer, the Lord Almighty, who says it—I am the First and Last; there is no other God. Who else can tell you what is going to happen in the days ahead? Let them tell you if they can and prove their power. Let them do as I have done since ancient times. Don’t, don’t be afraid. Haven’t I proclaimed from ages past that I would save you? You are my witnesses—is there any other God? No! None that I know about! There is no other Rock!

‘There is no other Rock!’

And the rocks of earth
pale in comparison.

Rocks are solid,

And, I imagine,
so is GOD.

But what I love
are these words:
‘Don’t, don’t
be afraid.’

That double negative
somehow carries
weight beyond
those few letters.

It tells me that
God means it.
God means for me
NOT to be afraid.

Because rocks are
also safe places,
sheltering places,
hiding places.

And some days,
that is exactly
what I need.


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  1. Gwen Acres says

    Yes, we all need that unmovable place or person in our very moveable lives!!
    Thank you Diana.

  2. Oh, yes! Our God is a place of safety and shelter. Our God is stable, unmoving, and reliable. I’m thinking of some huge rocks at Cumberland Falls, KY. The first time I saw them was over fifty years ago. Steve and I have visited the falls several times during our marriage, the last time in 2011, I think. Those rocks haven’t changed a bit! How comforting to know our strong, reliable God never changes. Thank you, Diana, for the uplift!

  3. The Rock – our refuge and strength always! Blessings!