A way in the desert?

Some of my favourite Bible verses are found in Isaiah 43:

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland. The wild animals honour me, the jackals and the owls, because I provide water in the desert and streams in the wasteland, to give drink to my people, my chosen, the people I formed for myself that they may proclaim my praise. (18-21)

Cheryl at hold this space has written two very creative meditations on this passage called simply “The Wilderness”.

She decided the first one was a little too bleak, so no 2 is her rewrite.

I like them both so I post them here to mark the end of the wilderness days.

Tomorrow we reach the gates of Jerusalem.

we thought

that we could fix the world
that it would be better by our being here
and perhaps our children
or their children
would no longer need to be social workers
healers of the wilderness
changers of the world

we know better now

the impossibility of what we are doing
does not go unnoticed by us
or you

the wilderness takes all before it
the desert just seems to grow

speak to us, God, with a story of love that reaches beyond success
give us a taste, fresh, of the water that transforms deserts,
that brings life to the barren

so that we will remember
why this matters
and how it happens…

The promise echoes through history
whispered by angels and shouted by prophets

but did they know how dry this desert could be?

How do we hold faith
when the cracks in our reality are deeper than ever before
when the pressures add up relentlessly

[your own particular pressures and cares can be named here…]

You are making all things new?
we are trying to hold faith

we need a glimpse God
a moment

something to carry us beyond what we know

so we pray
with no faith
and with all faith

give us eyes to see
faith to believe
courage to live

Amen and Amen!

Picture is ‘out of the ashes’ by Jonny Baker on Flickr


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