After the End ~~ Quinn G. Caldwell
On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wines, of rich food filled with marrow, of well-aged wines strained clear. And he will destroy on this mountain the shroud that is cast over all peoples, the sheet that is spread over all nations; he will swallow up death forever. Then the Lord god will wipe away the tears from all faces, and the disgrace of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the Lord has spoken. It will be said on that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him so that he might save us. This is the Lord for whom we have waited; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation. Isaiah 25:6-9
What comes after the end of everything? What I there left after it all falls apart, after circumstance whirls and storms its way through the world, leaving nothing behind but the wreckage of what was? In this passage, Isaiah has just finished describing the doom of nations, the destruction of all that stands on the face of the earth. The end of the world.
OK. So then what? What does god have planned for after the end, after all hope has gone underground and all chance of salvation has been buried n the rubble?
A feast. The god that made the earth the first time will make it again, and this time, it will take like a party. This time, there will be no shrouds, no tears, no disgrace. This time, there will only be a feast, big enough, wide enough, full enough for everyone. Big enough for you, and me, and everyone we’ve ever known.
With our God, says Isaiah, no end is final. There is no end without a beginning. No destruction without rebuilding. No death without resurrection. No end of the world without a party to announce its rebirth.
PRAYER: God, when my world has fallen apart, when all around me is in shambles, remind me of the greater things you have yet in store, and give me a foretaste of the feast you have laid for us all. Amen.
God Is Still Speaking: 365 Daily Devotionals, ed. Christina Villa (Cleveland: The Pilgrim Press, 2013), 12-13.