Through Christ, even when we’re parched God makes us a spring of water.
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“And the LORD will guide you continually
and satisfy your desire in scorched places
and make your bones strong;
and you shall be like a watered garden,
like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.”
Isaiah 58:11 English Standard Version
When I moved to Colorado Springs from Portland, Oregon in 1999 I wasn’t prepared for the lack of rivers, lakes and streams. Our home in Portland was only a few miles up the hill from the mighty Columbia River, a river that is navigated by large ships to the Port of Portland. Even the Willamette River can handle fairly large ships as evidenced during Portland’s Rose Festival in June.
The streams in Colorado Springs can barely navigate toy boats.
Yet, even in the driest summers, water finds its way to these small streams on Pikes Peak. Whether I’m following the North Cheyenne Canyon Creek on the Seven Bridges trail, or hiking the steep St. Mary’s Falls trail along the stream running through Buffalo Canyon, there is always water available. It might not be much, but these streams rarely run dry.
The people of Israel were about to descend into their Babylonian captivity. In the dryness of their captivity God would still be their source of nourishment, so much so that they would be like a spring of water.
We, too, have time periods when our lives resemble a desert, when we feel parched maybe even separated from God, yet his promise is as true for us as it was for Israel: God will drench us in his love and we will become a spring of water bubbling up in the desert.
May you experience God’s satisfying nourishment through his Son, Jesus Christ and know that today you are drenched in his mercy.
Copyright Douglas P Brauner