“The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose. It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing:” (Isaiah 35: 1-2)
These words may seem like poetic images, lovely pictures to reflect on. But they are more than that. They are assurances.
Isaiah was a prophet. He had gained an awareness of the reality of things, a vision of life that we all have a right to expect and to claim for ourselves.
The stark experiences and loneliness, uncertainty individually and collectively, do not constitute a state of being we must accept. It is a place where new things are ready to develop. The desert where nothing seems fruitful is the very place where we have the space for new inspiration, God’s own voice watering the bare ground and causing flowers to come up.
And this blossoming in the wilderness is a renewal. It is fresh and vital, and the contrast makes its glory even more apparent. We are gratefully ready to rejoice and to sing for the beauty that blooms abundantly, God’s promises naturally revealed.
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