Streams in the Wasteland

JANUARY 1st, 2022      |    We can lookback on our lives and think about the greatest trials that we’ve been through. Isn’t itcrazy how when we’re in the thick of any kind of pain, it’s often difficult to see clearly? As thesaying goes, “Hindsight is 2020.”You can think the darkness willlast forever… the pain will always be present… the child willalways be rebellious… the baby will never sleep… the marriage will always be broken… thedepression will always be looming, and more.And one day, you wake up and your perspective has shifted.Clouds have lifted. Hope is rising.Prayers are answered. What God allowed you to endure in your past is now seen as a lesson, atestimony, an “I overcame this” or rather a “God carried me all the way even when I cursedhim.” proclamation. You can see howyou’re better for it, and you can now help someone elsewho’s still in the waiting.You might not see it all perfectly, but God is giving you glimpses of the “why.” He’s growingand maturing you in new and profound ways. Make no mistake, your past is important—it’s partof who you are today. But you can’t live there anymore. You are needed for assignments thatGod has for you today. He has paths for you to travel. So look forward, and enjoy the beautifulview ahead. Take what you’ve learned, and don’t beafraid to move forward.

Streams in the Wasteland

See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.

–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 wilderness and streams in the wasteland.

–Isaiah 43:19 NIV

We can look back on our lives and think about the greatest trials that we’ve been through. Isn’t it crazy how when we’re in the thick of any kind of pain, it’s often difficult to see clearly? As the saying goes, “Hindsight is 2020.”

You can think the darkness will last forever… the pain will always be present… the child will always be rebellious… the baby will never sleep… the marriage will always be broken… the depression will always be looming, and more. And one day, you wake up and your perspective has shifted. Clouds have lifted. Hope is rising. Prayers are answered.

What God allowed you to endure in your past is now seen as a lesson, a testimony, an “I overcame this” or rather a “God carried me all the way even when I cursed him.” proclamation. You can see how you’re better for it, and you can now help someone else who’s still in the waiting.

You might not see it all perfectly, but God is giving you glimpses of the “why.” He’s growing and maturing you in new and profound ways. Make no mistake, your past is important—it’s part of who you are today. But you can’t live there anymore. You are needed for assignments that God has for you today. He has paths for you to travel. So look forward, and enjoy the beautiful view ahead. Take what you’ve learned, and don’t be afraid to move forward.

Dear Lord, help me keep my gaze in this present time and future, and not in my past.

Thank You, Lord, for providing a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the wasteland.

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