E-votional  The Servant
April 12, 2001
"For He grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him."
-Isaiah 53:2 (NRSV)


Nothing is more lonely than not being known.  Either you are ignored or misunderstood.  No one to know your heart or your dreams, no one to know your passions, your joys or your fears.  There you are, on an island of life, by yourself.  Sure at first, it might even be something you long for, but after a while, you will want more.  We have so much within us.  Such beauty, such creativity, opportunities to bond and connect with others, these are all gifts of God.  another gift we have is wanting to be there for others.  That part of us which cries out when we see another being oppressed, misused, ignored.  Relationship, at the heart of our very being.
Hear the Good News, God desires so much to be in relationship with us, that He sent a servant into this world to help us connect with Him.  With the beauty of simplicity, the Servant entered into the lives of those around Him, teaching and transforming people, in hopes they might become closer to God.  And when simplicity did not work, He did the most complicated thing known to man, He gave his life up for us.  An offering, intercession for one and fro all.  An offering for you an offering for me.  How much God must want us to know Him.  How much God wants to know us.
Oh Father, at times I feel like the island I float upon floats away from even me.  I know what I want, who You are and the relationship we have, yet, I lose sight and sound of your presence.  Know I know it must be me who goes in a different direction.  Moreover, even though I do forget about You, it is You that beckons me to return.  I turn my heart to You with a resounding thanks and sing Your praise for the love You have shown.  Thank You Father, for all You have done in my life and all You will continue to do.