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Topic: WAIT (05/21/20)
TITLE: Rivers in the Desert
By Jenny Miller
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The River Zin in Israel is supposed to begin in the Ramon Crater, flow through the Negev, and end in the Red Sea. But this river is not flowing. This geological miracle is dry most of the time. The rainfall in the Negev, meaning “dry,” is only about fourteen inches each year, and usually only in the strip north of Beersheba.
Sometimes life feels like the River Zin. There are times my spirit aches for rain from the Lord. I am parched, and as the deer pants for the water, so my soul thirsts after Him. Sometimes life is so difficult, I don’t know when things are going to change or get better and can’t see the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel. This pandemic and subsequent lockdown has made it all worse, it seems.
Lately, I’ve been crying out to the Lord, “How long, my God? How long until we are free?” I have been praying to God to make a way where there is no way, but it felt like nothing was happening for a long time. But, the other day in prayer I heard the answer:
“Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.” (Isaiah 43:19, KJV)
I shared this verse on social media and immediately received a video of the River Zin being filled again after a time of emptiness. What I found interesting about the video was threefold: One, the residents of the Negev looked to the hills above them to see the miracle, two, it happened very quickly, though it hadn’t been seen in years, and three, the filling came with no visible sign preceding it.
Psalm 121 says, “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.” (v1-2)
The flash flood in the Negev occurred because there was an outpouring of rain miles away where residents couldn’t see it. It wasn’t clear where or when the rain had come prior to the filling of the river. There was no sign that anything was happening until it came upon them in a flash.
Our God knows what we need when we need it. He works things out for our good, and sometimes we don’t see it until it is right in front of us. It is very hard to wait on Him and not have any control or knowledge of the big picture, for we know in part. But I am reminded that “the vision is yet for the appointed time; but at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.” (Habakkuk 2:3).
So, I will wait on You, Lord. Though I cannot see the answer, I will wait for the rain and watch for my rivers in this desert. I will lift mine eyes unto the hills, I will wait for the vision to surely come, and I will trust in Your timing. Amen.
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