The poor and the needy seek water, but there is none;
their tongues are parched with thirst.
I, Yahweh, will answer them;
I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them.
I will open rivers on the barren heights,
and springs in the middle of the plains.
I will turn the desert into a pool of water
and dry land into springs of water.
I will plant cedars in the desert,
acacias, myrtles, and olive trees.
I will put juniper trees in the desert,
elms and cypress trees together,
so that all may see and know,
consider and understand,
that the hand of the Lord has done this,
the Holy One of Israel has created it. ~Isaiah 41:17-20
I love reminders in Scripture that the Presence of God in our circumstances trumps the circumstance itself. In the passages above, God doesn’t take the poor and the needy out of the desert. No, He enters the desert and transforms the desert.
And why does He do this?
So that all may see and know, consider and understand that the hand of the Lord has done this, …
There’s something so incredible about seeing our situations again after an all-powerful Redeemer has gotten His hands all over the hopelessness.
And for the rest of our life, it’s the proof we need to keep trusting…to keep moving forward in faith.
This was dead, Lord…and YOU LORD…YOU…brought it to life again. How did you do it, Lord?
You take our impossible situations and place your “I AM” bigger stamp all over it.
You change our dark pits into spacious hilltops.
You change our cries of despair into tears of joy.
You take tired, weary and broken hearts and flood them with unimaginable peace.
And when you do, Lord, we are forever changed.
Come into our desert places today, Lord.
Come in and do YOUR THING!