One of the many things I love about scripture is that God will show me new things in familiar places. Today’s verse from Isaiah is one of my favorites. I have read it many, many times.
What I have typically focused on was the “new thing” that God promises. I love the idea of that—the old things passing away, especially when the old things are painful. The “new thing” is the feel-good part; the happy ending we all want at the end of the story.
As I was reading this verse recently, God showed me that the new thing is coming, but I am going to have to go through the desert to get there. The word “desert” in the Hebrew in this verse is “yeshiymon” which means desolation, solitary, wasteland, or wilderness.
There are many characters in the Bible who went through a wilderness season: Joseph, Moses, Job, David, even Jesus. We, too, often go through a place of desolation and isolation. We find ourselves thirsty in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
Oh but Mamas, notice that God declared that he would make a WAY through the desert and then he would bring us the new thing. The devil wants you to believe that God has abandoned you in the wilderness, but that’s not true. God is with you every step of the way. Even when you don’t see him, hear him, oor feel him working, he is there. Although painful, the wilderness is necessary to bring you to the new place God has ordained for you.
My dear sisters, be encouraged! You are coming through it and you are never alone. This may feel like the worst season ever, but think of what lies ahead. We don’t know what God will do next in our lives. We can only have faith and trust in God.
Susie and the Help Club for Moms Team
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