From Pastor’s Desk: 11-1-15
Isaiah 43:19 (NIV) See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.
It is frightening to find oneself in a place where it seems impossible to traverse. Deserts or wastelands, no matter what size, can find us struggling to find our way. Physical remains found in some of those places attest to the fact that not all made it through.
One can also get completely lost in deserts or wastelands. It seems, with nothing to restrict visibility that would not be the case. But not so. Stories have been told about how a person, or a group of people, would find them themselves going around in circles, crossing a previous path that they themselves had made.
Have you ever found yourself wandering in a dry, barren desert, or a vast, horrible wasteland and couldn’t find your way? When all you see are mirages ahead, indicating water for much needed refreshing, but you keep traveling and never reach it, because was a mirage? After losing your bearing, you wander aimlessly, with nothing familiar on the horizon? Or, a traveling companion directs in an unfamiliar, uncharted course and you follow along until you realize that the person is as lost as you are.
A verse in a song from the heart of Dottie Rambo comes to mind:
I’ve crossed the hot, barren desert
Searching the right road to choose
Somewhere up ahead there’s cool, clear water
And defeat is one word I don’t use.
If you’ve been there, you know what I’m talking about. If you’re there now, keep going, and know that God is “…making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.” He will make a way where there seems to be no way!
The following verse may be, admittedly, taken out of context, but lends to the thought: “God is faithful. He will keep the temptation from becoming so strong that you can’t stand up against it. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you will not give in to it” (1 Cor. 10:13 NLT).
He’s the only One who knows what’s ahead, and He won’t lead to a mirage but to the real oasis.