A Garden People in a Scorched World

“The Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.” Isa. 58:11

Lord Jesus, recently on a ranch in Montana, I had the joy of watching freshwater springs open up, and be channeled towards a large, well-prepared hole in the ground. Soon this 18-feet deep hole will be filled with beautiful, clear, refreshing water for the benefit and blessing of many.

Things will flourish in and around this spring-fed pond—people, plants, and animals. There will be laughter, beauty, and refreshment; many fish, loud squeals, and countless pictures, will chronicle the joy and beauty. The flourishing of flora, fauna, and families will tell many stories, and declare your goodness.

The irony is, our friend’s pond is emerging from the earth, even as many places in the Western US (including Montana) are being scorched by wildfires, rainless days, and blowing winds—the very image conveyed in Isaiah’s prophecy. You are doing something in us (and through us) that defies the odds, requires great grace, and is for the benefit of many.

Lord Jesus, as the giver of living water, and the one who passionately appeals to our relentless thirst—as the Lord who promises artesian springs of water gushing up in our hearts—for our refreshment and multiplied benefits for others… thank you. (John 4:14; 7:38; Rev. 21:6)

In a dry and weary land where there is no water, you bring it. Into the scorched places, you send us, to live and love to your glory. Because your waters never fail, we will live with hope, by faith, until the Day the entire earth will become a well-watered garden. So very Amen we pray, in your great and gracious name.