“God takes everyone he loves through a desert. It is his cure for our wandering hearts, restlessly searching for a new Eden… The best gift of the desert is God’s presence… The protective love of the Shepherd gives me courage to face the interior journey.”
― Paul E. Miller, A Praying Life: Connecting with God in a Distracting World
Strange place to plant a garden…
In a desert?
Still, nobody could ever say God doesn’t have a flair for the dramatic.
God loves to do the spectacular! The impossible!
Creating light out of darkness. Making a man out of dust. Painting the first rainbow. Parting an impassable sea.
Yes, God definitely loves a good miracle.
So, why should I be surprised if He allows my life to become as barren as the Sahara, and then… decides to grow flowers there!
It still sounds a little crazy to me.
Does it sound crazy to you too?
Yeah… but that’s what He did!
He buried me in a dark desert land.
(I thought I’d die.)
There were days I wanted to.
But, He wouldn’t let me—give up that is.
He won’t let you either. Even though, right now, you may want to.
God is going to do something splendid in that wilderness of yours.
(You’re in His favorite classroom.)
He does His best work in vast barren places and dark empty spaces.
He’s got you there for a purpose. A special purpose!
He’s going to make a miracle out of you.
Yeah, I know. You see only a wasteland. But, someday, when you least expect it? You’re going to find that while you were counting sand dunes? God was planting roses!
How do I know that?
You need to follow me…
And, you need to bring your desperate thirsty heart.
“… Come, and meet a man who told me everything I ever did!”
Bring all your doubts and unbelief.
Don’t forget your impossible dreams.
He’s going to change everything!
If you will come,
And you will listen…