You shall no more be termed Forsaken, nor shall your land be called Desolate any more. But you shall be called Hephzibah [My delight is in her], and your land be called Beulah[married]; for the Lord delights in you, and your land shall be married [owned and protected by the Lord]. – Isaiah 62:3-5
I know this promise is one for the Israelite nation. I’m so much like them, and God never changes. Not ever.
They were forsaken. Desolate. My name could be desolate, most days.
Empty. Bare. Stripped of any worthy offering.
Alone. Solitary. Even in a crowded place, surrounded by love, who could know what life is like for me? How each breath sometimes feels not worth the effort.
Joyless. Without hope. Putting on a happy face doesn’t really scratch the surface, the facade of “I’m ok”. Not much to look forward to when forward means further. Harder. Deeper into the difficult.
But Desolate is not my name.
It is not my name because I have found the One who delights in me. He has named me Hephzibah, and it is a name I treasure. The God who fashioned the galaxies delights in me.
It is not my name because I am married. I am called Beulah, for the Lord owns and protects me as a husband loves His bride.
He finds my meager offering to be a spring of love. Bountiful, lasting, sought.
Christ assures me that He is the constant companion who knows what this life is like. He cares, He soothes, He comforts.
My Bridegroom has promised that joy and hope are found in Him. The roots burrow deep into my most secret fears, bringing light and a desire to continue on.
This promise, given so long ago, holds true today for Brides like me. Like you.
What is your name?
Heavenly Father, it is so difficult for my small mind to grasp Your great love, especially for someone as unworthy as I. Thank you for calling me Hephzibah and Beulah. I am Yours. In Jesus’ Name, Amen…
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