While reading through Isaiah I had book marked a passage without realizing its special significance. Weeks later I was drawn back to this book marked passage and I saw it anew with the intended message that had been knocking on my door for years.
Isaiah 55 Verses 8-11 NKJV
8 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are My ways your ways,” says the Lord.
9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways,
And My thoughts than your thoughts.”
10 “For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven,
And do not return there
But water the earth,
And make it bring forth and bud,
That it may give seed to the sower
And bread to the eater,
11 So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;
It shall not return to Me void,
But it shall accomplish what I please,
And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.”
I had been missing the big picture in regards to inspirations and writing; and here Isaiah explained it through his inspired words over two thousand years ago.
Here is: first a wonderful metaphor of Spirit-Words compared to falling water; and second the Spirit returning back to the Lord. The part that I’d been missing was the second part, the return trip. The cycle works only after the intended work has been accomplished. The Lord’s work happens continuously in our midst and in our lives, so this cycle is not hard to understand.
As a middle-school science teacher I teach cycles routinely. Some examples are: water cycle, nitrogen cycle, the life cycle, the food chain cycle, energy and matter cycles, and the incredible cycle of living cells. All of these are taught without hesitation or doubt, and with appreciation for their precious miraculous necessity to our very existence here on this wonderful planet. There is no doubt that the Holy Spirit cycles as well.
Returning the “Spirit-energy” or “Spirit-messages” to the source for re-cycling is the amazing and wonderful part of the cycle, and is our highest service and calling to the Lord, but as Isaiah points out, the Spirit does not return to the Lord until it has accomplished its intended purpose.
I am so blessed by this passage as I ponder how this Spirit Word will cycle on to do His work. I pray for the opportunity to move the flow of inspiration to the next phase of the cycle.
There is no doubt that rain puddles will evaporate on a sunny day; likewise Spirit-Words will prosper in the things for which they are sent.
I thank God for the Spirit, for the worldwide community of believers, for Faith writers and readers, and for the mission of this Internet site.
We are one in the Spirit.
R T Rupe
In today’s local newspaper I was excited to find the same scripture and I cut it out. Upon turning it over, I was thrilled to read an invitation to send in religious/social submissions. “Coincidentally” on this same page I found several articles on issues important to me that I’ve personally researched and written about.
Sometimes the Spirit has to “re-cycle” to get me moving.