“Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes.” Isaiah 54:2
The prophet Isaiah is writing to the people of Jerusalem about 700 years before the time of Christ. His message is that soon their exile would be over, and their people would soon be coming home and they needed to prepare for the homecoming.
The prophet is telling its people to “ENLARGE.” Stretch your tents, don’t hold back…do what you must. Grow, expand, become bigger and better than ever before. Jerusalem, expand your homes because your lost family is coming home.
Today, the words of Isaiah should penetrate our lives. He is urging us to enlarge our homes, broaden our minds, lengthen the cords of our hearts to become better people so that we can extend greater love to others.
We must open our hearts and allow our hearts to enlarge with love, so that we can reach out our hands more often. We need to continually develop our love for people that drives our life to be filled with love and giving.
Imagine a community that would enact this tradition today! Imagine a world where followers of Christ would “Enlarge their tent, stretch their tent curtains wide, not hold back; lengthen their cords” and reach out with a heart of love.