Emily Belle Freeman
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THIS IS MY JOY

AND MY GREAT REJOICING

Finding The Wellspring

Isaiah 55:1 - Isaiah 61:1

When I was very young, my family would visit Cascade Springs, located at the top of American Fork Canyon.  I remember how my uncle helped us find the source of the spring water.  We walked along small rivers and past waterfalls until we reached the higher ground where we found the wellspring ––a place where the water flowed out of seemingly impermeable rock before it began cascading down the moutnain.

The water never stopped; there was an overflowing fullness.  In fact, each day seven million gallons of water comes through that rock base to feed the springs below.

Every time I read section 58 of Isaiah, I think about Cascade Springs.

Let me show you why.

There are great promises given to those who live the true law of the fast.  They are carefully explained within this chapter.  First, I love the four reasons for fasting defined within these verses...to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke.

We are also reminded of the importance of fast offerings in relation to the law of the fast...to deal thy bread to the hungry, to remember the poor, and the naked, and those within our circle of influence who are struggling.

And then the blessings...

Your light will break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily

Thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the Lord shall be thy rereward. (I love that word... take a moment to read the footnote.)

When you call, the Lord shall answer...

When you cry, the Lord shall say, Here I am

Thy light will rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noonday...(answers in the darkest moments...light...)

And then my very favorite verse...the verse that reminds me so much of Cascade Springs...

"And the Lord shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones:  and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not."  (Isaiah 58:11)

The footnotes for that verse speak of Divine Guidance, strength, and an abundant life.

The blessings that come from living the true law of the fast.

I love the thought of the Lord guiding us continually.

But I especially love the image of the spring of water, whose waters fail not.

Just like Cascade Springs...an overflowing fullness.  Abundance.

Every time I read this chapter I pause for just a moment to consider the importance of keeping the true law of the fast ––the reasons, the blessings, the promises.

This upcoming fast Sunday I am going to remember this counsel from Isaiah.  I am going to focus a little more on the reasons, I am going to open my heart to recognize the blessings, and perhaps I will be led to remember the Wellspring from whence those blessings flow.

Emily Freeman