“Behold, I will do something new, now it will spring forth; Will you not be aware of it? I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, Rivers in the desert.” – Isaiah 43:19

On occasion, we come to a place where we underestimate God. What is that sentence, even?

We forget that He is sovereign, creator, unfailing, all-knowing, ever-present God.

We let our fears and our anxieties have priority as our faith decays. Our beliefs take a backseat while we wrestle with God’s timing, His will, His goodness, and all of the things we have no control over.

In the barrenness of our souls, Christ comes and does something incredible. He reaches into the depths of our wilderness and creates life out of the dust.

This life is given, not so that we can take it for granted, rather it is given so that we can take it and run for His glory.

“I will make a roadway in the wilderness, rivers in the desert.”
A river gives life not to one broken and dry soul, but to everything surrounding it. I read this and wonder, is my life flourishing, green, full of life, and located close enough to the river that it can spread that life beyond myself? What barren places in my life need to sink deep into the rich soil to drink up this life-giving water? What places need to bloom and burst with new life once again?

What places in your life are barren and lifeless? Bring them to Him today.

Our Creator sees through our circumstances, encased by dust and despair and he asks us to trust him to bring out new life: the blossoms, the fruit, the beauty. He draws unexpected life out from what appears to be dry and dead.

He makes a way in the wilderness, he causes rivers to flow in the desert, and sometimes he bursts blossoms from lifeless branches.




Published by Marissa

I am an ordained minister and have my M.A. in Theology & Culture. I have worked with church plants across the United States, served with ministries in France and Turkey, and spent years working against sex trafficking alongside incredible organizations. I believe that theology is for everyone, and that’s why I’m passionate about teaching and mentoring believers in their faith journey.

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