<Read ISAIAH 62:1-12 to Audience>ME (Orientation)
I don’t know about you, but I have many days where I just don’t feel good about myself.I don’t feel good about the way I look, about what I am doing, and about what is happeninginside and outside of my head. And all the while I am thinking, God must have noticed. He musthave noticed I am not as pretty, as thin, as intelligent, as willing to host guests at my house, asable to effortlessly put together stylish outfits or beautiful table settings – whatever it might be. I just don’t feel terribly great about myself. Not only God must have noticed, but I know for a factmy husband noticed as I am rather grumpy around him, too. But God especially: the more I think about it, the more I realize that my fellowship with Him is not the same. And the more I think about it, the more I realize that the issue is with me. Probably something that I did that didn’tmake me feel terribly proud of myself contributed to this. And it impacted my view of myself, but more importantly, it impacted my relationship with my Abba Father. I am not feeling as closeto Him right now. Something has to happen. But what?
How about you? Ever felt out of place, too? A feeling that you are just not part of thecool in-crowd at work or at church or even in your own extended family? And again, your firstthought is what did I do? Whom have I offended? Who thinks my contributions aren’t terriblyworthwhile? You feel underappreciated, unmotivated and unloved. But the more you ponder it,the more you start to realize the issue is inside of you not outside of you. You realize thatsomething happened that made you feel less worthy, and even more so, something that makes2