They did not thirst when he led them through the deserts; he made water flow for them from the rock…. (Is 48:21)
Camelback saved my life as I was hiking through the Judean wilderness on an adventure throughout the land of Israel. Each day we’d fill up on water for the day. Our director encouraged us to purchase a camelback, which is a backpack with a small water pouch you can fill that has a tube with a mouthpiece so you can walk and drink at the same time.
I don’t know what I would have done without my camelback. There’s one thing I know to be certain, I wouldn’t have made it very long in the desert without it.
As we walk into this Christmas season there may be some who are waiting for God to do something. It could be you’re walking through a desert season, wondering how and when God is going to show up.
It’s the desert that tests our faith to see who and what we will trust in. God is taking me through a bit of a desert season right now. It’s for a great purpose though, I feel it. As my faith is being tested, tried and challenged I hear the Father say, “Don’t step in and take over Heather, I’ve got this.” I have a tendency to take charge. It’s a good and bad part of my personality. Now, I’m learning how to let God take charge for me.
I want to see water come from the rock, but I never will until I stop trying to make it happen for myself. Could it be that we don’t experience the miracles of God, because we have become self-sufficient within ourselves? We have no need for God because we’re going to make it happen. Lord, I am so quick to live like this; forgive me.
Some of us are wondering, during this Christmas season, if our health is going to make it much longer, if we’ll be able to pay the bills between now and the tax return, if our child, that we love deeply is going to forgive us and return home, or if we’ll ever find true happiness or contentment. There’s something to be said about the longing of the human heart, but where we go with our longing determines if we’ll either be filled with greater peace and purpose or be left wanting in the desert.
There is a great deliverer, healer, and provider. His name is Jesus. He takes brokenness, giant messes, lives full of fear and redeems them. That’s right, HE redeems them. The place He redeems them is in the waiting. As we wait before Him, He brings the victory.
Jesus, the desert feels like such a vulnerable place. However, it’s where you’re showing me more about myself than I ever thought possible. There’s something about the desert that’s exposing my weaknesses, insecurities, and self-sufficiency. Lord, thank you for the desert. Thank you for how you’re changing me. Abba, if I step in, please show me so that I might repent and be changed. Lord, bring water from the rock in my life, in Jesus name, amen!