For you shall go out in joy, and be led back in peace;
the mountains and the hills before you shall burst into song,
and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.
Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress;
instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle;
and it shall be to the Lord for a memorial,
for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off. Isaiah 55:12-13
Have you ever heard the mountains sing? Sing of eternity, sing of solidness, sing of abundant life, sing of boundless wealth, sing of beauty, and sing of stillness?
The mountains are continually bursting with their song. Singing joyfully of what the Holy One has done. There is great beauty in this passage. The entire created order sings, rejoices, and changes because we humans have changed. We are guided by joy as we leave behind empire. As we leave behind the old ways of separation, exploitation, alienation. With the step out of the old, joy is present and boundless in our lives.
With the step we are led back to the peace that is our when we are in harmony with all that is around us. When we know we are part of a great and glorious whole. When we know that we are and have always been precious to the Holy One. God has never forgotten us, will never forget us. God’s promises are eternal like the mountains we can now hear singing. What was once the weed, the stumbling block is now transformed into the symbol of health and prosperity.
O God, continue to provide us with times when we hear the music of creation and join all the earth in praise to your eternal promises. Amen.