Going Deeper 05.26.2021
The first reading for Holy Trinity Sunday... Isaiah 6:1-8
In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lofty; and the hem of his robe filled the temple. Seraphs were in attendance above him; each had six wings: with two they covered their faces, and with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew. And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory.” The pivots on the thresholds shook at the voices of those who called, and the house filled with smoke. And I said: “Woe is me! I am lost, for I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips; yet my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!” Then one of the seraphs flew to me, holding a live coal that had been taken from the altar with a pair of tongs. The seraph touched my mouth with it and said: “Now that this has touched your lips, your guilt has departed and your sin is blotted out.” Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I; send me!
 
When faced with challenging situations we do well to recall what Isaiah experienced in this vision: both thegrandeur and the grace of God.  
 
The grandeur of God was seen by Isaiah in the form of a magnificent King "sitting on a throne, high and lofty; and the hem of his robe filled the temple."  While this kingly image is not something we tend to relate to in this day and age, I struggle to come up with a better way of picturing God, who throughout history has revealed Himself to us in ways which are meaningful to us.  The truth of the matter is that our infinite God is incomprehensible to our finite minds.   
 
The point of this, however, is that the Creator is more than capable of handling whatever challenges we might individually and/or collectively be facing.  We feel inadequate to face the big challenges alone... because we are!  However, pondering the infinite power of God can lead us to release into His hands all of our cares and concerns.  We learn to trust God's strength, not our own.
 
Another common experience for us when faced with seemingly overwhelming challenges is that when we are called to address them, we feel not only inadequate, but also unworthy... because we are!  But God has initiated the purifying of our uncleanness... not with a hot coal carried by some strange heavenly being, but through the redemptive mission of His own Son.  We do well to remember that God uses broken people and situations to carry forth His mission.
 
Ponder both the grandeur and the grace of God every time the cares of life become overwhelming, or when faced with difficult challenges.  It helps put things in perspective.
 
With You in Him,
 
Mark Gabbert, Pastor
Zion Lutheran Church, Wellington
 
"Gratefully Growing Servants"