The child sat on her grandpa’s lap, fingers stroking the man’s beard. “Can you tell me the story again?” she asked.
Isaiah laughed, and responded in a hushed voice, “dear child, you must know the words I speak are not mere tales; they are glimpses of what will be, as revealed by the Spirit.”
The girl frowned and shifted her gaze to the floor. “Saba, people in town say you’re crazy. That’s not true, is it?”
Isaiah’s brow furrowed. “I speak the truth.” He shook his head. “Their disbelief and mockery of me may be out of fear, or it may be the work of Satan. Either way, Babylon will be defeated and will become a land of swamps.”
The girl giggled. “And the Jews will return to the Promised Land.”
“One day, child. One day.”
“I like that. But tell me about the baby. He’s my favorite.”
“Ah, the Messiah. The day will come when the Lord himself will give a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. The world’s weight will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. He will be rejected by men, but by his wounds, we will be healed. ”
“He sounds amazing.” The child sighed. “Will I meet him, Saba?”
Isaiah thought for a moment. “Well, child, my anticipation does not tell me the when, only the what. It may be generations before the Messiah walks among us. If we don’t see him on Earth, I believe we will meet our Savior in Heaven.”
“Amazing,” the child whispered.
Isaiah hugged the child and kissed the top of her head. He thanked God that through the Holy Spirit, her ten-year-old heart knew what many elders refused to see.
This was written for this week’s Trifecta challenge. It is based on the prophecies of Isaiah, as written in the Bible in the book of Isaiah. Disclaimer: This is a work of fiction, not an account of an actual event. Contrary to my older son’s opinion about my age, I wasn’t there, so I don’t know if Isaiah had any such conversation. I don’t even know if he had a granddaughter. I don’t know much at all! (That last one, my son guessed :))
ANTICIPATION (noun): a : visualization of a future event or state; b : an object or form that anticipates a later type.
If you want to join the fun and write your own response, check out the the Trifecta website by clicking the tricycle picture above. Thanks for reading!