On the Streets Where We Live
Isaiah 40:3: “Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for Him.”
I don’t know if you’ve noticed this either in person or via the internet or on television, but there’s a “Half Street” in the Southeastern quarter of Washington, D.C. The southern most part leads to Nationals Park, while the northern part runs into I Street just four blocks away. Knowing this, I got to thinking about streets in general. Streets are always underfoot, and they are almost invariably ready to serve their purpose unless they’re compromised by fire, flood, tornadoes, earthquakes, volcanos or crashes. They also are a part of a number of songs. Think of “Sesame Street,” Lombard Street in San Francisco, Wall Street, Broadway, The Royal Mile in Edinburgh, Bourbon Street in New Orleans, Beale Street in Memphis and Seventy-Seventy Sunset Strip. I know, that last one isn’t a street. I included it so see if anyone would snap their fingers at the right time.
The point of this is that streets show us where we are and where we are going. God does much the same for us—holds us up to God’s perfection and grace. We are to prepare a way—a street—for him and God will show us the way, the way of love, of humility and grace. Praise God for making a way for us and in so doing gives us the means to eternity and righteousness. Amen.