It’s interesting how I tend to shortchange Scripture; omitting some parts and skimming over others. Yet if I pause and reflect upon what You have said (Isaiah 55:3, 8-9), I begin to live.
“All you who are thirsty,
come and drink.
Those of you who do not have money,
come, buy and eat!
Come buy wine and milk
without money and without cost.
Lord, what does it mean to thirst? Much of my life I live with want. ‘I want…’ But thirst? Thirst is different. It implies more than want; more than need. To thirst implies an element of desperation.
“Come to me all who are weary and I will give you rest…Take my yoke upon you, for my yoke is easy and my burdens are light.”
You do that a lot you know. I ask one question and you give me a different answer. It’s as though you’ve answered a question I didn’t ask and missed the one I did.
“So why do you think that is? There’s either a connection that you haven’t yet seen or the possibility that you’re asking the wrong question.”
Okay. Let me start with your answer. Come to rest by picking up your yoke. It reminds me of the ease in automation. What was once cumbersome has now become easy, with the flick of a switch. There is something in your yoke that lifts my weariness.
So ... Thirsty. No money. I can't afford to purchase what I need. I have to figure out how to get it by a different means. I talk of survival while you speak of luxury. When I think of people with no money, I imagine those whose life is hard. They have to struggle to survive. They aren't used to generosity. If they get anything for free it is because they had to beg. No one simply invites them to come and enjoy whatever they want.
“David, if you only knew what sat within your reach; if you only had eyes to see the table spread before you. Too many people look at life through the lens of scarcity. That leads them to strive for the things they have not yet attained. I'm just saying, those things are more readily available to you than you realize.”
I can ask the question I already know the answer to, or I can just do what I know I need to do.
"So what's the question?"
How do I get to that place you've described?
"And what's the answer?"
'Come to Me.' Somehow contained within that one word is the secret to the mysteries of life. 'Come.'
You're right when you say those two verses are connected. 'Weary/heavy ladened' ~ how many times have I tried to clean myself enough to feel worthy of approaching you? Second-guessing myself is exhausting. It's hard to believe that I don't have to do anything to prepare to approach you. I can come, fresh out of my sin. I can come in the midst of distraction. I can come when I want to quit. When I have no 'money' I can come, and buy, and eat, and rest. I can take on a new wardrobe; a yoke that fits my shoulders and it's light; like the difference maybe between a suit of armor and a kevlar vest. ~ I need to reflect more about a yoke that is easy; fulcrum that lifts loads that are heavy.
"Come David. Sit with me...Look off in the distance. Enjoy the vastness. And don't rush to move on. Pause with me and notice the detail. Things that seem so insignificant. Yet with a closer look are magnificent in design. The most profound ways ahead of you cannot be traversed without my presence. I'll be with you, David. I will never leave you. I won't forsake you. But if you don't come, you can't buy. And if you don't buy, you can't eat. And if you don't eat, you are going to be hungry, and thirsty, and weary. There is no 'catch'. There is nothing more you need to do, except 'take.' If you don't accept what I am offering, you are left with the full weight of your load on your shoulders. You are left with no cash in your pockets. ~ You are left with the need to perform if you do not take what I am offering you, right now, as we speak. ~ Here. Take my currency that is not money. Take my yoke that has no weight. Take the impossible and apply it. Because with me, all things are possible. With me, we operate outside the restrictions of time/space/and logic." 2 Why spend your money on something that is not real food?
2 Why work for something that doesn’t really satisfy you? Listen closely to me, and you will eat what is good; your soul will enjoy the rich food that satisfies…
6 So you should look for the Lord before it is too late; you should call to him while he is near.