This last week I had the joy of walking through a beautiful piece of the Pacific Northwest. After a week of rain, everything was green and vibrant and brimming with life. Often I take these places for granted because I have spent most of the years of my life in this countryside.
But it doesn’t take much for this landscape to look vastly different.
Last summer we had a severe drought in our area. Days upon days of high fire warnings, severe winds, and tinder dry trees. Views like this would have been full of pale yellows and dirt brown. It would appear as if no life existed here.
He turns rivers into a desert and springs of water into thirsty ground…he turns a desert into pools of water, parches of land into springs…
As I read these verses, a sigh pierces my heart. I am currently feeling a bit defeated and exhausted of personal circumstances that weigh heavy. I am in a desert, so to speak, but I can see green on the horizon.
These verses remind me that we will have deserts and springs. We will have ponds and thirst. We will have drought and rain.
But these verses also remind me that He loves each of us so deeply and that He knows each detail of our circumstances. God Almighty, the Creator knows each worry and knows how and when each burden will be lifted. He knows where we have been and where we will end up. He knows what has come and what is yet to come.
He whispers each name and invites us to drink, for He is water for a thirsty soul.
And He promises we feel alive, again.
John 4:13, 14
Jesus said to her, Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks if the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up…”