Read Isaiah 35
Focus on verse 6
A desert is a vast hostile environment that is considered uninhabitable to many life forms. It is thought of as a harsh, arid, unforgiving place; so few people choose to live there. The exceptions are in the desert places where there is a reliable supply of water. When water is abundant the desert turns green quickly. With adequate water grass and trees can flourish in a desert, as can humanity. It is only when the water is absent that life in the desert quickly becomes hostile to its inhabitants. Those who learn how to find water survive, those who do not find water, die soon perish.
In today’s reading Isaiah describes what it will be like after the Day of Lord. “Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped; then shall the lame man leap like a deer. For waters break forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert.” (v. 5-6) When God provides for the needs of His people, it is as if there are streams in the desert. There is no war, no conflict, no violence, just peace and prosperity for all who find their way in.
It is reassuring to me when I find myself in dry places, whether they be physical, spiritual or emotional, to remember that God is not only able, but willing to provide streams in the desert for those who choose to trust in Him.