How long can you stand balanced on one foot without wobbling? Although I can’t hold that position very long on either foot, I noticed I am slightly better at it with my right foot than my left. Yeah, I know I should improve my balance but whether right or left it’s an uncomfortable position to maintain for extended periods. Unlike choosing to stand on one foot, we often find ourselves in unpleasant positions in our lives that we would much rather avoid.
As I was reading Isaiah 20 and 21, I noticed Isaiah found himself in a rather odd position—strutting around NAKED and BAREFOOT. Sure we all find ourselves in that exact quandary from time to time but usually its inside the privacy of our homes. Yet, this was not the case for Isaiah. His position was public and one he had to hold for a while.
Then the Lord said, “My servant Isaiah has been walking around naked and barefoot for the last three years. This is a sign-a symbol of the terrible troubles I will bring upon Egypt and Ethiopia. Isaiah 20:3 (NLT)
Did you see that? 3 Years he had to hold that strange position. Not 3 days or 3 months but 3 long years. Whew, talk about uncomfortable and inconvenient. Just imagine what others must have been whispering about him.
It’s Not About the Comfort Level
Despite the oddity of his predicament, he was properly positioned in obedience to God’s instruction.
the Lord told Isaiah son of Amoz, “Take off the burlap you have been wearing, and remove your sandals.” Isaiah did as he was told and walked around naked and barefoot. Isaiah 20:2 (NLT)
Some how in between all the naming and proclaiming, we have been bamboozled into believing that we can just skip past all the uncomfortable places. And if some how we do end up there, once we can muster up enough faith or trust, we will be catapulted from the hold position. However, this account of Isaiah shows me that we can be positioned right in obedience without the position feeling right or looking right to us or others.
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