“Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you that have no money, come, buy and eat! Come buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food.” — Isaiah 55:1-2
As we prepare to begin a new school year, life often becomes busier. Extra things get added to the schedule. New routines begin. Even if you are no longer connected to the school calendar, as the summer wanes schedules can get hectic.
Wherever you are in life, the invitation from Isaiah is one that is refreshing. We are invited to come to the waters, to come and eat what is good and delight ourselves in rich food. As the stress of life becomes overwhelming, this is an invitation that becomes very appealing.
For me the question that really resonates is “why do you labor for that which does not satisfy?” So often we are busy, but not centered. We have too much to do, but feel like we accomplish nothing.
As your schedules change and things get added, I would encourage you to meditate and pray over this passage from Isaiah. Where do you need God to feed you? What would you like from God if you could eat without money and without price? What are you spending money or energy on things that do not satisfy?
Sometimes we need to let go of things that we love in order to find God. And at other times, adding a few minutes of quiet prayer can transform a hectic day into a purposeful one.
If you find yourself longing for purpose and meaning in the midst of your busy life, I would encourage you to find a small group, a prayer group, or a Sunday School class. We are working to keep our list of classes on the church website up to date. Please contact me by calling the church or sending me an email email@example.com if you would like to get connected.
I pray that no matter what life brings you this new school season that you would be fed and filled with God’s good and satisfying grace.