throw on the paint
get out the colored pencils
color outside the lines
do the unexpected
because He says to
live a little
let some SUN finally shine
change things up
let the tears fall
and while they do
He’s making those deserts into
As much as I don’t do favorites because they stress me out and I don’t like being boxed into only one thing, I must admit I do “favor” a few men of the bible. My New Testament man is John all the way. He brings me home and holds me close. More on that another day. Today, I want to talk about my Old Testament love: Isaiah.
Not only does he happen to have my tattoo verse but He also has this amazing little verse that I found when reading through the bible in 90 days.
The LORD will surely comfort Zion and will look with compassion on all her ruins; he will make her deserts like Eden, her wastelands like the garden of the LORD. Joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the sound of singing. ~Isaiah 51:3
Sigh. God making my deserts into Eden. I love what David Wilkerson (what an amazing life…) wrote about going through the desert:
To those going through the valley and shadow of death, hear this word: Weeping will last through some dark, awful nights—and in that darkness you will soon hear the Father whisper, “I am with you. I cannot tell you why right now, but one day it will all make sense. You will see it was all part of my plan. It was no accident. It was no failure on your part. Hold fast. Let me embrace you in your hour of pain.”
Beloved, God has never failed to act but in goodness and love. When all means fail—his love prevails. Hold fast to your faith. Stand fast in his Word. There is no other hope in this world.
And just to add one more lovely bit…here’s a bit from a song by Sons & Daughters:
You are a Savior and You take brokenness aside and make it beautiful.
With all of these pieces, I throw a little more paint on my messy canvas life. I’m slowly starting to see the bright yellow hope poke through the desert sands and see the beautiful in this breaking desert I find myself.
How are you doing? Do you have any desert places? Finding any bits of yellow in them?
p.s. check out my happy new background and header on my blog…makes me smile