Scripture for Today: Zechariah 8:4-5 “….Once again men and women of ripe old age will sit in the streets of Jerusalem, each of them with a cane in hand because of their age. The city streets will be filled with boys and girls playing there.”
Probably if my Mother ever knew she would be horrified! When I was very little, I used to play marbles in the middle of the street. There was a manhole with grooves perfect for all kinds of creative play with marbles. My friend and I lost a few, but it seemed a fun past time for two bored kids. We did lots of looking over our shoulders for on-coming cars, but managed to survive the experience. Thankfully, ours was the last street of a neighborhood so there was not much traffic. Even so, the issue of safety did not concern us much.
Our verse for today is one of ten promises of blessing for the Jerusalem of the Messianic Age. The description of peace and safety is beautiful and even idyllic. There will be no more threats from invading enemies. No longer will lives be cut short. Children can once again play safely in the streets. I love that the Lord concerns Himself with children and their quality of life. Isaiah 11:6-9 also describes our future peace and safety with the image of children playing. A little child will lead a lion, children will play near cobras and even a hand stuck in a viper’s nest will not come to any harm. What a beautiful future belongs to children in a world without attack or disaster!
Imagine sending the children or grandchildren out to play without any worries! I am so thankful for our loving Lord who does more than we can ever ask or imagine.