In the Barren Desert

pine-twoWalking out into my friend’s front yard, I photographed the view.

Tall pine trees grew stately toward the sky, ever green in the middle of winter.

Just before the trees, foliage that had succumbed to the cold had turned a rusty, yet golden, brown.

What a stark difference between the two.

God speaks in Isaiah 41:19:

“I will plant trees in the barren desert–cedar, acacia, myrtle, olive, cypress, fir, and pine.”

When I think of a barren desert, I don’t think of tall, healthy trees being able to grow there.

What a stark difference between the two–trees growing where a barren desert once was.

No matter what the circumstances are in our lives right now, God is able to renew, remake and restore.

There can be tall, lush pine trees where only dry sand once blew in the wind.

Don’t give up hope—God is in control of every desert you encounter, AND He is the creator of every tall tree.

Parched Ground

I will make rivers flow on barren heights, and springs within the valleys. I will turn the desert into pools of water, and the parched ground into springs.

—Isaiah 41:18

 

If your life is barren, things can change.

If your life is dry like a desert, things can change.

Things can change when God brings the change.

Are you ready?

 

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Pasture on Every Barren Hill

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Up the hill behind my house stands a tree.

Right now, it looks barren and forlorn.

I’m not concerned for it, though, even in its current state.

Why?

I know about its future.

Spring is coming, and I have faith that what looks barren and dry now will soon be filling out with green leaves on every branch.

I can’t see springtime before it comes.

I can’t hear springtime before it comes.

I just know that it will come.

It’s like a promise from God.

He has set the seasons in motion and they happen every year.

Our future is also set.

When God tells us something is going to happen, it is going to happen.

The prophet Isaiah speaks about restoration:

This is what the Lord says:

“In the time of my favor I will answer you,
    and in the day of salvation I will help you;
I will keep you and will make you
    to be a covenant for the people,
to restore the land
    and to reassign its desolate inheritances,
 to say to the captives, ‘Come out,’
    and to those in darkness, ‘Be free!’

“They will feed beside the roads
    and find pasture on every barren hill.
 They will neither hunger nor thirst,
    nor will the desert heat or the sun beat down on them.
He who has compassion on them will guide them
    and lead them beside springs of water.
 I will turn all my mountains into roads,
    and my highways will be raised up.
 See, they will come from afar—
    some from the north, some from the west,
    some from the region of Aswan.”

 Shout for joy, you heavens;
    rejoice, you earth;
    burst into song, you mountains!
For the Lord comforts his people
    and will have compassion on his afflicted ones.

—Isaiah 49:8-13

There are times in our lives when things may look barren.

With God, even a barren hill can one day become a green pasture.

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