“The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lay down with the goat…they will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.” —Isaiah 11:6-9
For us, that’s not just a line of beautiful poetry. It’s not a metaphor either. It’s a vision of Shalom—which is so much more than our shallow concept of peace. The world as it is—glorious and beautiful and transcendent as it sometimes may be—is only a broken shadow of what God created reality to be. As Christians, sometimes our vision for who God is and how God calls us to live is too small. We pray and labor for what seems possible. But God’s plan is so much more than our most daring hopes.