S (Scripture): Isaiah 43:19 “Look, I am about to do something new. Now it begins to happen! Do you not recognize it? Yes, I will make a road in the desert and paths in the wilderness.
43:20 The wild animals of the desert honor me, the jackals and ostriches, because I put water in the desert and streams in the wilderness, to quench the thirst of my chosen people,
43:21 the people whom I formed for myself, so they might praise me.”
O (Observation): God’s people are in exile and seek refuge. God declares that a new thing will take place. God sees His people in exile, and suffering, and promises that He will send a servant.
Images that Israelites are familiar with (wild animals, desserts, etc.) are brought to mind. God promises to tame the wild animals and bring water to the dessert. God brings hope in the midst of despair.
A (Application): I’m sick. I’ve had stuffy sinuses for a few weeks now, and chest congestion. And I haven’t stopped. From Birmingham, AL, to home (Murfreesboro, TN), to Atlanta, GA, to Rome, GA, to home, to Cartersville, GA, to Orange Beach, AL, to home, to Detroit, MI, to home.
And I’ll be going to Atlanta, GA, to Asheville, NC, (to pick up kids from camp), to home. I don’t have time to be sick. Ain’t nobody got time for that. And yet here I am. Blah.
I need to stop for a little bit. But I don’t have time. Or do I?… That’s the rub. We all have time…God gives us all time. What will we do with it?
But I have hope that I will be made well. I will look for God to make my way, and to slow me down, and to bring water in the midst of my dessert.
How are you doing? Like me, do you need to slow down???
P (Prayer): Lord, I seek your healing and your guidance. Help me. Amen.