Alycia Truett, Preschool Director
He will judge between many peoples and will settle disputes for strong nations far and wide.
They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks.
Nation will not take up sword against nation nor will they train for war anymore.
Everyone will sit under their own vine and under their own fig tree, and no one will make them afraid, for the LORD Almighty has spoken.
All the nations may walk in the name of their gods, but we will walk in the name of the LORD our God for ever and ever.
Some days are just HARD. The pandemic rages, the economy is uncertain, political rhetoric is jarring and relentless, on television people scream and threaten. My car’s engine light comes on, and I’ve run out of coffee. On these days, I retreat to my backyard. Sitting on the small deck, surrounded by flowers, I listen to the chickens softly clucking, feel the soft breeze as it ruffles the leaves, smell the damp earth. A small fig tree planted recently will grow in a few years to provide a shady spot to sit under. Surrounded by my overgrown oasis, I feel safe and removed from strife.
Micah reminds us that God has promised a future of peace, security and contentment. A time when His followers will “sit under their own vine and under their own fig tree”. In this year of many challenges, we may feel attacked on all sides. But we can take comfort in the promise of the transformative power of God, to turn war into peace, militants into farmers, spears into plowshares. Micah reminds us that God offers hope for those that remain faithful to Him, and we can look forward to a time when “we will walk in the name of the Lord our God” forever”.