Have you ever seen the cartoons where people drag themselves across the sands of the desert looking for water? They come to a crystal clear pool with a single palm tree only to discover it’s a mirage. Oh, my friends. I know how they feel. I’ve just returned from my trip to New Mexico to the Glorieta Christian Writer’s Conference, and it was dry. Sandpaper, scratchy throat, eyelids sticking to your eyeballs kind of dry.
This Georgia girl needed some humidity. Amy went so far as to purchase a humidifier for our room. Parched by day. “Mist”-i-fied by night. But seriously, we had a great time. The air may have been dry, but y’all we were drenched in the Spirit. God moved last week. He is doing some mighty things in a lot of lives – one of them mine.
I can’t even express how amazing it is to meet people who are passionate about the same things you are. For me, that is writing and Jesus. I was inspired and encouraged. I made lots of new friends. The kind you want to hug and squeeze and pack them away in your suitcase to bring home with you.
The week before I left, God gave me this verse in my quiet time.
“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. Isaiah 43:18-19 NIV
It’s so easy to get caught up in all the doors that shut and concentrate on what could have been. To stare at the knob and wonder why. But friends, the Lord tells us to forget those doors. He’s preparing a something new. He is making streams in the wasteland. You just heard me talk about how the desert was completely dried up, but God can create beautiful bubbling brooks. Better yet, He can create gushing gurgling rivers that lap up the dry land.
I may have just returned from the desert, but my ears are still wet from the river He provided.
Are you hung on the knob of a locked door? Look up my friend. He will do a new thing for you, too. Do you not perceive it? Listen carefully, you may hear the water rushing your way.