Proceed with Caution

Daily reading: Isaiah 6:1-8
Monday November 14, 2016

Focus passage: In the year of King Uzziah’s death, I saw the Lord sitting on a high and exalted throne, the edges of his robe filling the temple. Isaiah 6:1

There is no caution tape around the outside of our sanctuary.  No, we have members of our community welcoming you in.  There are no signs that say “proceed with caution.” 

Isaiah walked in and his world was literally turned up-side-down.  As if seeing God enthroned wasn’t enough to stop Isaiah in his tracks, there are also Seraphs present.  Seraphs are only mentioned in Isaiah, in this passage, the word means “burning ones.”  They are shouting words of praise to God and their voices made the door frames shake and their presence filled the space with smoke.  The site was pretty unsettling, at best.

You’ve got to love Isaiah’s response, as translated in the NRSV.  He utters “Woe is me, I am lost!”  All of a sudden Isaiah felt completely unworthy and unclean.  And he realized that he alone was not the only one that was unworthy or unclean, but that he lived among people that also were unworthy and unclean.  In the year that King Uzziah died, the world was a messed up place and in the presence of God, Isaiah felt lost: The mere presence of God forced Isaiah to shift his perspective.

Prayer:  God of the universe, holy and majestic, help me to recognize your presence in my life today.  Amen.


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