“The poor and homeless are desperate for water, their tongues parched and no water to be found. But I’m there to be found, I’m there for them, and I, God of Israel, will not leave them thirsty. I’ll open up rivers for them on the barren hills, spout fountains in the valleys. I’ll turn the baked-clay badlands into a cool pond, the waterless waste into splashing creeks.” --Isaiah 41:17-18 (The Message)
Rain is always welcome after a warm, dry spell. Lexi is especially happy to find water flowing where creeks had been dried up. She splashes in and drinks deeply. We’ve all felt the same relief to have our thirst quenched. The promise of water was potent for the Israelites, who lived in an arid land. Rivers, fountains, ponds, and creeks were not features of the scenery; they were a blessing and a joy. God offers the same blessing to us when we walk in faith. Sometimes we climb barren hills, we cross dry valleys, we traverse baked-clay badlands or waterless wastes. We’re desperate for water; we’re thirsty for righteousness (Matthew 5:6). God does not leave us thirsty. His Living Water flows across the desert in our hearts. Like Lexi, we’re happy to find it flowing again. We drink deeply. Rain is always welcome after a dry spell.
Dear God, When I’m desperate for water, open up rivers. Amen