Rivers in the Desert

I am up again early, it is dark and chilly outside and I have set up my usual nest in front of my gas heater. I like to put on worship music when I get up, it helps to lift my brain out of a mundane negative place to a place of eternal hope. At the moment I’m listening to Waymaker  (Michael Smith version). How great is our God! He is our “Waymaker, Miracle Worker, Promise Keeper, Light in the Darkness”.

The other day I felt God place this scripture on my heart:

“Do not remember the former things,
Nor consider the things of old.
Behold, I will do a new thing,
Now it shall spring forth;
Shall you not know it?
I will even make a way in the wilderness
And rivers in the desert.”

(Isaiah 43:18-19)

My mind often tends to go back and replay my past failures and mistakes. This puts me in a negative mindset and does not fill me with hope and anticipation about the future. I could clearly hear the word speaking to me “do not consider the former things”. Not only my past failures and mistakes but areas of my life that need change, circumstances that appear lifeless, where there appears no way forward.

God is saying both to me and to you today “behold I will do a new thing”, “I will even make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” That is the beauty of our God, he takes the dry and the barren, the lifeless and the impossible and turns it into a river of life.

I came across this video on YouTube which illustrates this perfectly. The video displays the moment a river is “reborn” in the Israeli desert in 2014. It is an amazing visual of this scripture, you can watch this here:

I can just imagine after this river is reborn the plant life, the birds the fish, the wildlife all flocking to the water and it becoming like an oasis in the desert.

On the same day this scripture was on my heart the default video on my search engine page was that of a mighty rushing river. You could see floods of water gushing downstream in a great display of grandeur. I took a video of this on my iPhone as it spoke to me of the abundant change God is wanting to bring.

So if you are feeling down this morning. If you have impossible circumstances, dreams that are lost, habits you can’t break, let these words wash over your heart this morning:

“I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.”

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