Advent Devotional: Thursday, December 6

Theme: Hurry Up and Wait

Written by Ken Schoelen, First Congregational Church of Fresno

Isaiah 35

A highway shall be there,

and it shall be called the Holy Way;

the unclean shall not travel on it,

but it shall be for God’s people;

no traveler, not even fools, shall go astray.

No lion shall be there,

nor shall any ravenous beast come up on it;

they shall not be found there,

but the redeemed shall walk there.

Isaiah the prophet, Isaiah the person telling of good things to come.

Isaiah wants us to believe the bad in world will stay away if we follow the Holy Way Highway. I have driven all over California and have yet to see it. Maybe it’s a Bible thing and not a highway at all. Will there be a time of no evil, no lions, no tigers and no bears? (oh, my!)

The Holy Highway he speaks of is what you make of everyday life. We’re looking for a highway to take us somewhere, but this place that Isaiah talks about doesn’t exist anywhere on Earth. There is not a place outside of Heaven that embodies this. Not even Walt Disney could create a place where the I-5, 22, and 91 freeways all lead to that would come close.

Don’t let your daily challenges become the your road block, you will do the best you can on the highway you’re on, and when the time is right the highway exit to get to this place Isaiah talks about will be there. In the meanwhile, traveler, be filled with joy over the good things you have and navigate the road with God.