It has been sooo hot outside here where I live. My plants are withered up and brown, the ground burns your bare feet even after the sun goes down, and the breeze is like opening the door to your oven and feeling the heat rush towards you. It’s hot.
The heat soaks up every bit of moisture and life, if you go outside without water, you will be parched, out of breath, and exhausted.
It reminds me of how I feel sometimes. Not only physically but also spiritually and emotionally. I feel parched and lifeless.
I came across this verse today and it really spoke to me, Isaiah is a mixture of prophesy and poetry. These verses sound very poetic to me.
“When the poor and needy seek water,
and there is none,
and their tongue is parched with thirst,
I the Lord will answer them;
I the God of Israel will not forsake them.
I will open rivers on the bare heights,
and fountains in the midst of the valleys.
I will make the wilderness a pool of water,
and the dry land springs of water.
I will put in the wilderness the cedar,
the acacia, the myrtle, and the olive.
I will set in the desert the cypress,
the plane and the pine together,
that they may see and know,
may consider and understand together,
that the hand of the Lord has done this,
the Holy One of Israel has created it.”
I can’t help but notice a few things when I read this passage. First, when there is no water and there is no help, it seems like you will die out in the wilderness, that is when God not only gives you water, but springs, rivers, and pools of it! He gives abundantly.
Secondly, He purposely sets in the wilderness and desert, things that need water to live. The olive tree, pine, cypress, acacia, etc… He places them in the desert so that they may see, know, consider, and understand.
It seems like when I am in a desert state of life, that is when my eyes start to open, I see my heart for how it is and my need for Him. I realize that I know I can only live by His grace alone, I consider all that He has done for me, and I begin to understand what He has done and that He created the desert seasons just like the plentiful ones.
Maybe you are in a desert season of life right now. Maybe you feel spiritually parched, emotionally dry, financially empty. Take the opportunity in this desert of yours to look around and see God. Once you see Him then you will know Him then consider and understand His work. It is His hand that shields us from the sun, and gives us plenty. But it is also His hand that places in the desert and withholds the rain from us.
Maybe instead of praying for rain, we should be praying for God to help us see Him at work, and to help us know Him more. Just like verse 17 says, the poor and needy seek water when there is none, and He is the one that gives them rivers, springs, and pools. When He places you in the desert, He is willing to give you what you need. Like the trees that somehow survive out in the desert, He placed them there not to forsake them but to water them.