Born to Deliver
“Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low.” Isaiah 40:1-5
When I was away on my Holy Land pilgrimage, they repaved Main Street. Using the video footage from my Ring doorbell, I saw them strip away they old road and pave out a nice, level roadway. Since I’ve been back, it’s been nice to drive on the smooth, new pavement.
However, when I was in Israel, it was difficult to find smooth, straight roadways. The Holy Land is full of mountains and valleys, a geographical landscape very foreign to this South Jersey native. We spent time in the valleys, like the Dead Sea: the lowest point on earth. And we made our way up to the mountaintop of Mt. Nebo, the place where God showed Moses the Holy Land. Winding roadways took us up and down the mountains. There were no straight, level pathways through Israel!
Yet, Isaiah shares this revelation of a desert highway where the mountains and the valleys would be leveled out. This is symbolic of God’s plan for our world. Jesus, the anticipated Savior, has come to make straight our uneven and turbulent world. We have our rugged mountains and our low valleys to navigate in our daily lives. We have challenges and obstacles that make for uneven ground and stumbling blocks in our faith journey. But Jesus is here to smooth things out for us and lead us on the straight and even path. As we begin this Advent journey, let us remember this truth: Jesus will make a way for us, even when it seems there is no way. And Jesus will smooth out our rough edges to help us walk smoothly upon righteousness. May we let Jesus work on us and repave our potholes and cracks to restore us, just as Jesus works to restore our world and make straight the paths of God.