I was picking up speed in my 18-wheeler when I noticed another rig coming up beside me. It was also driven by a woman, with another woman in the passenger seat. The two ladies, who looked to be in their twenties or thirties, were smiling and laughing, and acted as if they wanted to race. I was just trying to stay on the road, which was getting more narrow. I saw ahead that our four lanes were turning back to two, and knew that one of us would have to concede.
I grabbed my CB radio and informed the ladies that I had no desire to race with them, and just wanted to make it to my destination safely. All of the sudden, the road got very bumpy as the edges of the asphalt began to break off. In that instant, I had to edge my truck dangerously close to the other lane to avoid falling off the edge of the deteriorating highway. Trying to maintain composure, I radioed back to the other girls that we should help each other get through this – and not compete with one another. They both looked at me through our side windows, with somber expressions replacing their jesting. Yes, we needed to be partners in this challenge – not competitors. There was too much at stake.
Suddenly, as we each turned our gaze back to the road ahead of us, a horrific site forced each of us to slam on the brakes, pulling the emergency brake with all our might. Our heavy rigs came to a long, screeching halt, filling our cabs with smoke and the smell of burning rubber.
The highway ahead had just disappeared, breaking off into a deep canyon. I was about to careen off a cliff to certain death. I screamed out to Jesus for help…
Then I heard my husband’s voice, lying in the bed next to me, and woke up in a cold sweat! Whew!!! What a dream! So real… so strange. I’d never dreamed of driving an 18-wheeler before (and of course, I’ve never driven one).
I poured my coffee and sat down in my recliner, rehearsing the dream as I tried to shake off that I-almost-died-today feeling. “Lord, why did I dream such a strange dream? Are You trying to show me something? Please speak to me through Your Word (regardless of whether the dream ‘meant’ anything or not).”
I grabbed my bible, stuck my finger inside, and it opened immediately to Isaiah Chapter 40. As I began to read, I could not hold back the tears — not only from the powerful words, but from the revelation that seemed to come simultaneously through each verse. It was as if God was peeling my eyes open to see things I’d never seen before, with a depth of meaning specifically applying to my life that I’d never experienced (from this particular passage).
“Comfort, yes, comfort My people!” Says your God. “Speak comfort to Jerusalem, and cry out to her, that her warfare is ended, that her iniquity is pardoned; For she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins.” [My thought here: Jesus paid the price for each person on this earth, past, present and future, to receive forgiveness for their sins, by trusting and following Him. GREAT NEWS! We cannot and are not expected to earn God’s forgiveness. It’s a FREE gift that came with a high price. Thank You, Jesus!]
The voice of one crying in the wilderness: “Prepare the way of the Lord; Make straight in the desert, a highway for our God. Every valley shall be exalted and every mountain and hill brought low; The crooked places shall be made straight and the rough places smooth;
The glory of the Lord shall be revealed, And all flesh shall see it together; For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.” [My thought: I saw myself in that semi-truck, about to careen off a cliff to my death. Only GOD could rescue me, make my paths straight, and rough places smooth again! This is the message that I’m compelled to share with my sisters and brothers, and all who need to experience the reality of God, His love, His forgiveness, His overwhelming mercy!]
The voice said, “Cry out!” And he said, “What shall I cry?” “All flesh is grass, and all its loveliness is like the flower of the field. The grass withers, the flower fades, because the breath of the Lord blows upon it; Surely the people are grass. The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever.” [My thought: God is reminding us that we are hopeless and helpless without Him. Only His Word will give meaning or purpose to our lives, and bring eternity to our mortal souls!]
O Zion [an analogy of the Church, a.k.a. followers of Christ], You who bring good tidings,
Get up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, You who bring good tidings, Lift up your voice with strength, Lift it up, be not afraid; Say to the cities of Judah, “Behold your God!” [My understanding: I, as a believer (and you, if you’re a follower of Christ) are given the mandate and privilege of bringing the good tidings of Jesus to the world through every means possible. Today, shouting from atop a high mountain is equivalent to spreading the news online with potentially millions of “listeners”. We mustn’t be afraid — we must “lift it up” as the verse says! That is a huge part of the mission of the Inspiring Hope Blog, my music and ministry.]
This following verses in this 40th Chapter of Isaiah endeavor to describe the power and coming judgment of God, His tender love and compassion, His matchless power displayed through His Creation, His infinite wisdom, and that all the nations in the world are as “nothing” compared to Him.
25 “To whom then will you liken Me, Or to whom shall I be equal?” says the Holy One.
26 Lift up your eyes on high, And see who has created these things, Who brings out their host by number; He calls them all by name, By the greatness of His might and the strength of His power;
27 Why do you say, O Jacob, and speak, O Israel: “My way is hidden from the Lord, and my just claim is passed over by my God”? [My understanding: God KNOWS EXACTLY what’s going on in our lives, and He HEARS our prayers when we cry out to Him! Would we ignore the cry of our own child? ARE YOU a child of God? If so, it is your PRIVILEGE and mine to know that our Father in Heaven HEARS and will take care of us. We must be patient as we wait with assurance that God is working His divine plan out for our good!]
28 Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, The Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable.
29 He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength.
30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, And the young men shall utterly fall, 31 But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.
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I truly HAVE driven off a cliff, as far as my life is concerned. But thank GOD, Who rescued me (more times than I can count, and certainly many times of which I was not even aware). I also know that when my earthly body ceases to exist, I have nothing to fear. Do you have this assurance? Do you want to? Here’s how.