The Pathway Through The Wilderness

Sometimes a situation doesn't merely seem hopeless, it is hopeless. For awhile, there was a glimmer of hope. Perhaps you could come up with a solution if you just had a moment to calm down and think about it. Perhaps your spouse, a family member, a friend or even a compassionate stranger would get an idea or had the resources to rescue you. Maybe the problem would resolve itself over time. Perhaps the unexpected would happen. You would get an unexpected inheritance, you would get a promotion, you would have a miraculous recovery, a debt would be forgiven, a mistake had been made and the test results were wrong, your wandering child returns, your marriage is restored but though you wait with eager anticipation, it doesn't happen. In fact, sometimes things become even worse.

There are no easy answers and in fact if God gave us the answers to all of our questions, we would not be satisfied. We simply are unable to grasp the whole picture. Our vision is binocular and finite, clouded by our very limited perception and wisdom. 

What I have learned over the years is that I can trust God even when I do not understand the why and the how. I have learned that when we trust God and follow Him, He will surely direct our path and it is the right path, even if it seems like He is leading us deeper into the wilderness and further away from the Land of Milk and Honey. 

Yesterday morning, I read these words:

For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.

Isaiah 43:19 (NLT)

As I read those words, I reflected upon all the glorious things God has done for me in the past but now God says He is going to do a new thing! Yes, you may be wandering in a desert wilderness with no oasis in sight. There is no visible road and in fact, all you see is blowing sand that stings and burns your eyes but God says He will make a path through the wilderness. He says He will not merely give you water, He will create rivers in the dry wasteland. 

This is a wonderful, marvelous thing! Though we may encounter dry, barren wilderness with no path and no water, God Himself will make a path and transform the dry wasteland into fertile and fruitful ground.

Blessings!

K :princess:

Scripture quotation taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved. 

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 K Reynolds+ (@kreynolds)

I was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer in December 2007, a few months after I joined CB and went through treatment. Two years later, without any warning, a cerebral aneurysm ruptured when I was asleep. It is only by the grace of God that I not only survived but that I am able to type these words today. Though we may face trouble, we do not have to be victims of our circumstances, we can be victors over them through Jesus Christ. (Romans 8:35-39)

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Les B+

Absolutely excellent. Thank you and blessings K. In Christ, Les

Paul Phillips

I've been in your desert, K. Still waiting for the road, but in the meantime, I can still stumble forward. Toward Him.

Blessings, my friend!

K Reynolds+

The desert is a very hard place to be and I have found myself there for long stretches of time, particularly over the past nine years. That stretch began when I got cancer with other health issues that followed. Then it was financial struggles, first due to cancer then my job loss due to health reasons, then my husband's job loss and underemployment for more than a year and sigh... You get the idea.

One of the things I recalled often during that time was an incident from the book "Hind's Feet In High Places" by Hannah Hurnard. In the desert, Much-Afraid discovered a little flower growing called Acceptance-With-Joy. Nothing grew in that place except for this lovely little flower which was sustained by drops of water. This reminded me that God is able to sustain me, even in the "desert" and He does not merely sustain me, He gives me what I need when I need it and I thrive. Thrive in the desert? Impossible but with God, all things are possible.

Blessings and Prayers for you and the Lovely Lady!