Isaiah 55:3

“Pay attention, come to me; listen, and your soul will live.”

I love this and will make this my theme for this Lent season.  I have been immersing myself in the new U2 album.  There is a song on there called “Unknown Caller”.  I really wonder if Bono had this in mind when he wrote it.  The lyrics: “Go, Shout it out, rise up, Oh Oh, Escape yourself, and gravity, Hear me, cease to speak that I may speak, Shush now”  seems to me to be about letting God in by silencing yourself and listening  to him.  When I read Isaiah 55:33 on this morning for the 9 am prayer, I thought of this U2 song.

The first stanza of the song has a Psalms feel to it.  One of Bono’s favorite themes seems to be the feeling of being loss and calling out to God, as in their song 40 (which is Psalm 40).  But the line “I was lost between the midnight and the dawning, in a place of no consequence or company, 3:33 when the numbers fell off the clock face, speed dialling with no signal at all” brings the image of being lost, and just reaching out for anything (hence the speed dialing with no signal) and knowing you need God, but not sure how to call to him.  I also see the line of 3:33 referring to Christ.  For its believed that Christ expired at 3:33 on Good Friday.

This Lent season I will keep Isaiah 55:3 in mind and reminding myself to “Shush now” and hear God speak to me.  And hopefully with in God’s words I will “Restart, and re-boot” myself as U2 and Bono says in “Unknown Caller”

~ by Polish Jedi on February 27, 2009.

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