Speak to My Flesh – Zechariah 4
By Erin Leigh
And the angel who talked with me came again and woke me, like a man who is awakened out of his sleep. And he said to me, “What do you see?” I said, “I see, and behold, a lampstand all of gold, with a bowl on the top of it, and seven lamps on it, with seven lips on each of the lamps that are on the top of it. And there are two olive trees by it, one on the right of the bowl and the other on its left.” And I said to the angel who talked with me, “What are these, my lord?” Then the angel who talked with me answered and said to me, “Do you not know what these are?” I said, “No, my lord.” Then he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of hosts. Who are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain. And he shall bring forward the top stone amid shouts of ‘Grace, grace to it!’” (Zechariah 4:1-7, ESV)
This verse always speaks to my flesh. always.
But especially right now.
We’re thinking about I’m obsessing about next year.
Lots of big decisions to make, at least decisions
that feel really weighty and heavy and big…
And I run ahead of God and try to figure things out
and wrap everything up in a pretty little package
topped with red and white baker’s twine.
And just when I think I’ve got the next 5 years figured out,
I feel this stirring in my soul.
And I know.
I just know.
God has something better.
He wants me to take His road.
the hard road.
That requires trust and faith.
and leads to life.
He wants me to leave space for Him.
Space to hope and trust and grow.
Because when I look at his plans
it doesn’t add up.
There is no human way to make this work.
2 + 2 does not equal 10.
There is no way I can make it
by my own might and my own power.
But, only by the Spirit of the Lord Almighty.
who created the heavens and stretched them out,
who spread out the earth and what comes from it,
who gives breath to the people on it
and spirit to those who walk in it:
“I am the Lord; I have called you in righteousness;
I will take you by the hand and keep you;
I will give you as a covenant for the people,
a light for the nations,
to open the eyes that are blind,
to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon,
from the prison those who sit in darkness.
I am the Lord; that is my name;
my glory I give to no other,
nor my praise to carved idols.”
(Isaiah 42: 5-8)
Oh. Okay. That Lord.
I was confused. I thought I was Lord there for a moment.
So, I’ll take this leap into the unknown,
knowing that just as God spread out the earth in the creation of the world,
He will spread out solid ground under our feet,
day by day, and not a moment sooner.
And when I forget who my God is,
and I run back to my own might and my own power,
I know he will be faithful to stir my heart
and whisper sweet truth into my ear
and teach me to fly once more
as he has a thousand times before.
Erin Leigh is a child of God, a wife, a mommy of two small boys, a first grade teacher, and a mixed media collage artist. She pieces together paint, paper, and found objects to create inspirational and scripture art. Erin’s artistic journey didn’t begin until her early thirties, when she was pregnant with her first son. Through playing and experimenting with paint and paper, Erin is continually finding her artistic voice. She loves fresh coffee, afternoon naps, vintage tablecloths, Henri Nouwen, and chipped paint. ArtByErinLeigh.Blogspot.com.