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For the last week, one verse has been chasing me down.

“In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and His train filled the temple” (Isaiah 6:1).

It’s popped up in sermons and personal readings.

The death of King Uzziah was the end of an era. Life for those in Judah would never be the same. They were faced with great uncertainty and the unknown.

Yet it’s in that year that Isaiah sees what?

The Lord.

The prophet glimpses God Almighty. And He’s not wringing His hands, biting His nails, or pacing the floor fretting. No, our God is seated. And where is He seated?

On a throne.

Positioned in power and might and glory. And where is that throne?

High and lifted up.

Seeing all things. Every person. Every hair atop every head. Nothing escapes His notice. And what detail does Isaiah observe?

His train filled the temple.

In antiquity, when a king was defeated, victorious kings would take a piece of the defeated king’s train or robe and sew it onto their own. The train showcased the king’s victories as the train became longer with each battle. This is God positioned in all his glory and might.

Today, we are invited to set our eyes on what Uzziah saw. We can close our eyes in silence and focus our attention on this rich image of God.

Because it’s not just in the year that Uzziah died, the Lord sits on the throne, high and lifted up, with his train filling the temple.

It’s in the year of our uncertainty, when nothing will be the same, the Lord sits on the throne, high and lifted up, with his train filling the temple.

It’s in in the year of polarization and instability, the Lord sits on the throne, high and lifted up, with his train filling the temple.

It’s in in the year of disappointment, loss, and personal pain, the Lord sits on the throne, high and lifted up, with his train filling the temple.

It’s in the year of rebuilding and restoring, the Lord sits on the throne, high and lifted up, with his train filling the temple.

My prayer for you is that this vision, this image, this verse will chase you down and turn you inside out with love and passion for Christ.

I’d love to know what verse is holy haunting you, too!

With all my love,
Margaret

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