Monday, July 26, 2010

Scorched But Satisfied

Sometimes when I round a bend in life I expect to see a beautiful pasture land. Green grass, still waters, shade... But instead I find myself in a scorched land. That's happened just recently and although I tried back-pedaling, it didn't work. (Not that it ever does.) I could smell the stench of the scorched land and I have to tell you, it almost terrified me.

I sat down to work on a deadline I have and started flipping through Scripture, looking for a verse or two about having a sensitive spirit to the sin in our lives to go with the devotional that needs to be in today. But God used that time to reassure me. Every silent prayer that's been whispered in my heart recently, and every fear and doubt I had, God spoke to me about as I flipped those pages of Psalms and Isaiah. Verses that were underlined and verses that even had dates and events written beside them. Verses of healing and guidance and affirmation. Only God, who heard my prayers and my cries, could do that.

And the Lord will continually guide you, and satisfy your desire in scorched places, and give strength to your bones; and you will be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water whose waters do not fail. ~Isaiah 58:11 NAS

He truly satisfied my desire in the scorched place, and gave me strength, and comforted me with His water.

Are you in a scorched place? God is with you and hears you when you cry out to Him.

4 comments:

  1. Oh wow. What an incredible image - and reminder. I love Isaiah (as you know) and I do not recall that verse at all. Love it.

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  2. Thank you so much!!!! I LOVE that verse, and your encouragement that goes with it. My bloggy friends always seem to speak to my heart's need (or, I should say, God speaks to me through you.)
    Much love
    Cat

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  3. I love how you write, Patty--it gives me comfort.

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  4. Thanks for the encouragement! This world can be a discouraging place at times - need to keep my eyes on Him! Then I have hope.

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