“so the people may see and know, may consider and understand, that the hand of the Lord has done this, that the Holy One of Israel has created it.” Isaiah 41:20
I love when I’m looking up a particular passage in Scripture and stumble across another one instead. It happened this morning when my devotional was directing me to verse 13 (another excellent verse by the way) but my gaze settled on the one I quoted above first.
A couple of days ago I shared with you all how I love coming upon then you will know moments in scripture. I shared how they tend to fill me with as much joy and hope as when I come across the words “but” and “yet.” So often the stories and situations surrounding these verses will display God’s greatness to us. They often remind us what God is capable of accomplishing in us, through us, or on our behalf. That reminder? It never gets old. I tend to need that reminder all the time too.
I can relate to the temporary amnesia the Israelites seemed to suffer from over and over again.
I can forget how God makes waterfalls spring up when all we see is miles and miles of desert.
I can forget that it is the barren land that forces our spiritual eyes to wake up and look around.
I can forget that it’s our thirst that compels us to search for the water in the first place. If we were never thirsty, we would never go looking and we would never know. This thirst can lead us to the most beautiful gift in places we least expected.
Today, I am thankful for the deserts that open our eyes to our need.
“I will turn the desert into pools of water and the parched ground into springs.” (Is 41:18b)