Isaiah 54:7-17 (NIV)
For a brief moment I abandoned you,
but with great compassion I will gather you.
8 In overflowing wrath for a moment
I hid my face from you,
but with everlasting love I will have compassion on you,
says the Lord, your Redeemer.
9 This is like the days of Noah to me:
Just as I swore that the waters of Noah
would never again go over the earth,
so I have sworn that I will not be angry with you
and will not rebuke you.
10 For the mountains may depart
and the hills be removed,
but my steadfast love shall not depart from you,
and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,
says the Lord, who has compassion on you.
11 O afflicted one, storm-tossed, and not comforted,
I am about to set your stones in antimony,
and lay your foundations with sapphires.
12 I will make your pinnacles of rubies,
your gates of jewels,
and all your wall of precious stones.
13 All your children shall be taught by the Lord,
and great shall be the prosperity of your children.
14 In righteousness you shall be established;
you shall be far from oppression, for you shall not fear;
and from terror, for it shall not come near you.
As we enter Holy Week, we are made aware that in the events of Easter God, our deliverer, will both depart from us and return to us. That we live in a world that experiences the breaking in of God’s grace, and yet longs for the fulfilment of God’s promise to come again. The ‘now and not yet’ of this in-between can be an anxious space.
The climate crisis can often bring us great anxiety, where we also sit in this in-between space of the ‘now and not yet’. We are waiting for the promise that God will restore all of creation, whilst confronting the devastating reality of planet-wide environmental degradation.
In times of anxiousness, how might we fix our eyes on Jesus resurrection, to remind us of God’s promises?