I’m writing from Mark Shea’s living room where he has stooped down like Prometheus to bestow upon me the “god-like” knowledge of Word Press . . . or so he says.
But enough of Mark. This is my very first post. Let’s just plunge in.
Are you familiar with the idea of a “life verse”? That is, a particular passage of Scripture that seems to sum up God’s call or purpose or promise in your life or has spoken deeply to you for years.
My life verse is Isaiah 58:10 – 12: “If you will give yourself to the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then your light will rise in darkness and your gloom will become like midday, and the Lord will continually guide you, and satisfy your desires in scorched places, and give strength to your bones, and you will be like a watered garden, like a spring of water whose waters do not fail, and those from among you will rebuild the ancient ruins, you will raise up the age old foundations; and you will be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets in which to dwell”
I first heard it quoted as a senior in college and it hit me with terrific prophetic force – I knew it was not only a word in general, it was a “rayma”, a specific word for me. So I memorized it immediately although many parts made no sense to me. “ancient ruins”? “age old foundations”? Hah! But God has brought every bit of it to fulfillment.
What passage of Scripture has functioned as your “life verse” even if you never referred to it by that label?