Read Read Isaiah 12:2-6.
The past year-and-a-half has been difficult and challenging for all of us, each in our own ways. Some of us have lost loved ones. Some of us have lost jobs. Some of us have struggled with mental health issues. All of us have had to make difficult decisions about how best to balance the health risks to ourselves and our families as we go about our lives. But, as I read Isaiah 12, I am struck by how uplifting the passage is. It is so full of hope and joy that I cannot not smile as I read it. The hope and joy expressed in this passage requires only one thing: trust.
In the Common English Bible, Isaiah 12 has the header “Hymn of trust.” While we are not through this pandemic yet, and the road ahead of us will continue to be difficult, we can still trust that God is our salvation, just as this passage proclaims. We can trust that God is our strength and our shield. We can trust that we will one day be able to draw water from the springs of salvation. This passage reminds me that trust in God is never misplaced, regardless of what else is going on.
God, help us to trust that you have a plan, even when we feel afraid and uncertain about the future. Help us to trust that Jesus Christ will be with us as we navigate these challenging times, even when we feel alone. Help us to trust that the Holy Spirit will guide us, even when we feel lost. Put simply, Lord, help us to trust in you. Amen.