Written By Nicole Wood
Isaiah 58:11 (NKJV)
‘The Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your soul in drought, and strengthen your bones; You shall be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.’
I wonder what season of your life you are in right now? Maybe it is summertime, and you are enjoying prosperity and health and counting your blessings. Perhaps you are going through the dark days of a winter spell, and everything around you seems cold and dry. Perhaps physically everything is well on the surface, but spiritually you feel parched and empty, and you long for deeper communion with your Creator.
In the desert space of our souls, even the beautiful things in life can look like a dry wasteland. I find myself here every so often; feeling alone and misunderstood. Longing for something that tastes like eternity. It’s a deep longing that is sometimes hard to describe, but I believe it is rooted in the knowledge that this life can never fully satisfy, no matter what amount of earthly riches or pleasure we acquire.
Isaiah speaks about this desert space of the soul in chapter 58, verse 11. He gives us this beautiful picture of hope, telling of how our lives can bloom even in the desert, of how the Spring of Living Water within us can never fail, even in the desert.
You see, no matter where you find yourself physically, emotionally, or spiritually, His Spirit is still there with you. If you tap into the Spring of Life deep within you, you will find water for your soul again, and others will be drawn to the well of life within you. Not only that, but Isaiah alludes to the fact that we won’t stay in this desert forever; God will ‘guide us continually’.
I pray that we will never forget the capacity for life that we carry within us. And not just any life, but the abundant life that God offers to His children (John 10:10). "So today, if you find yourself in the wilderness, may the promise of a well-watered garden and the Lord’s guidance refresh your heart again and give you hope that His Spirit will never leave you nor forsake you, whatever season you might find yourself in."