Scripture

Isaiah 41:13, 19

13 For I am the Lord your God

   who takes hold of your right hand
and says to you, Do not fear;
   I will help you.


19 I will put in the desert
   the cedar and the acacia, the myrtle and the olive.
I will set junipers in the wasteland,
   the fir and the cypress together,

Reflection

In yesterday’s First 15 passage, the prophet Isaiah revealed God’s promise to make springs of water flow in parched and barren places, preparing a fertile landscape for the future. In today’s passage, Isaiah reveals yet another dimension of God’s loving response to a people parched with thirst. God promises to make the most barren wilderness become lush, green and fruitful.

 

God must love the word “flourish.” God loves to restore dry ground, plant, nurture, grow and cause Creation to flourish, including us and our future. Planting trees in a parched desert would be foolish for anyone but God. And, God invites us to join in this process of transformation. Each next step in this partnership is holy ground.

 

Where might you and God be partnering together to transform barren landscape into a fruitful future?

 

What are some of the next steps in that partnership?

Prayer

God, help me trust you and partner with you today in your process of transformation for me and all Creation. Help me keep this in the forefront of my thoughts today. Amen.

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