While in a service this week dedicated to remembering the great tragedy and loss of life at Virginia Tech, the Spirit led me to the following Scripture. This message from Isaiah speaks to us today about the need to have God’s dream. I believe that God created each one of us to be a restorer of the things that are broken in our world. Read the following verse and consider how you can build up the old waste places.
Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer; You shall cry, and He will say, ‘Here I am.’
“If you take away the yoke from your midst, the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness, if you extend your soul to the hungry and satisfy the afflicted soul, then your light shall dawn in the darkness, and your darkness shall be as the noonday. The LORD will guide you continually, and satisfy your soul in drought, and strengthen your bones; You shall be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.
“Those from among you shall build the old waste places; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; and you shall be called the Repairer of the Breach, The Restorer of Streets to Dwell In.
“If you turn away your foot from the Sabbath, from doing your pleasure on My holy day, and call the Sabbath a delight, the holy day of the LORD honorable, and shall honor Him, not doing your own ways, nor finding your own pleasure, nor speaking your own words, then you shall delight yourself in the LORD; and I will cause you to ride on the high hills of the earth, and feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father. The mouth of the LORD has spoken.”
This Scripture is God’s dream for His people. And what God has spoken will come about in time. This passage reminds me a lot of what I have heard from the Va Tech community over the past week. People want to move on while acknowledging the past. They want to see something good come from tragedy. Hokies want restoration take place in a community that has been shaken. This is the Hokie dream. It follows God’s heart, and I believe it will happen in God’s time.