"A voice of one crying out:
Prepare the way of the LORD in the wilderness;
make a straight highway for our God in the desert.
Every valley will be lifted up,
and every mountain and hill will be leveled;
the uneven ground will become smooth
and the rough places, a plain.
And the glory of the LORD will appear,
and all humanity together will see it,
for the mouth of the LORD has spoken."
~ Isaiah 40:3-5, HCSB ~
When I've read this passage before, I've read it through the lens of what Jesus did and what He will do when He returns: that He would be the one filling in the valleys and bringing down all the heights. But what if there's another way to read those sentences?
Prepare and make -- those are commands. To whom? Who is the voice who cries out? Isn't this a foreshadowing of John the Baptist?
Perhaps the passage speaks of His coming again, when He will set His feet upon Jerusalem, trembling the earth.
So... what sort of way are we to be preparing? Is it in our own hearts?
I have to ponder on this some more.