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.
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.