Scripture

Isaiah 41:13, 17-20

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.

 

17 “The poor and needy search for water,
   but there is none;
   their tongues are parched with thirst.
But I the Lord will answer them;
   I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them.

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,

20 so that people may see and know,
   may consider and understand,
that the hand of the Lord has done this,
   that the Holy One of Israel has created it.

Reflection

In today’s reading, verse 20 reveals the exclamation point of the story. The prophet Isaiah doesn’t want us to miss the opportunity to praise God for the miracle of transformation that will take place. God sees our need, our thirst, before we even recognize it. God doesn’t ignore us or give up on us. God will respond to our need with the power to transform dry, empty desert into flourishing green forest, or, for us, hopeless lives into flourishing lives.

 

Isaiah reminds us that a story this good, beautiful and true must be shared, revealed, elevated! Everyone needs to know about this! Isaiah wants us to take time to notice and fully comprehend all the details of the miraculous and transforming power of God in our lives so that we can share the story with others and point back with glory to God.

 

What is the narrative of God’s transforming power in your life? You could begin to explore your story with these simple questions:

  • What did my life look like before?
  • How did God respond to my need?
  • How did God partner with me to bring about change?
  • What is different in my life now?

Prayer

Holy God, teach me how to more fully comprehend my story of your transforming power so that I can share it and glorify you. Amen.