A Road Through the Desert

Read: “Forget about what’s happened; don’t keep going over old history. Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand-new. It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it? There it is! I’m making a road through the desert, rivers in the badlands.” Isaiah 43:18-19 (MSG)

Reflect: After sixty-plus years of living, there is one thing of which I am certain: change is constant. Day turns to night, weeks turn to months, months add up to years, which add up to decades. Those who are wise learn how to welcome and embrace the changes and challenges that come to all of us. Doing so allows these experiences to transform us into strong, resilient, compassionate people.

During the past four decades I have lived in thirteen different homes, in five different cities, in three different states, attending four different schools and holding six different jobs. Two primary things have held me steady while navigating these changing tides: 1) holding onto the anchor of the unchanging love and faithfulness of God, and 2) staying connected to healthy churches where I have slowly and intentionally built supportive friendships.

Last year our family faced a cancer diagnosis, a challenging season of foster care, an increase in the care level needed for my aging mother, and the loss of a close friend. When discouragement loomed large, we were encouraged by the love and prayers of close friends. When worry tried to drown our faith, God drew near, helping us see and embrace his promises and his peace. When the heat was turned up, he gave us “a road through the desert, rivers in the badlands” through his word and his church.

React: What old history do you need to let go of so that you can embrace a new season of life—full of promise and full of peace?

Pray: Father God, today we choose to be alert and aware of your unfailing love and sustaining grace. We let go of resentment and regret so that we can open our hearts and minds to your promises and your peace.