Awhile back my husband and I watched Steve and Geoff the “Meteorite Men ” trek through barren and high altitudes parts of the Chilean Desert called the Imilac Strewnfeilds, as far as the eye could see it looked lifeless to me. I’m not a big fan of the desert, however if you add an extra S to desert it becomes the word dessert and that I am a huge fan of. I did become enthralled with the whole process, seeing that void stretch of Terra ferma reminded me of my life at times. When my spirit feels barren, arid and lifeless, the grit of my circumstance blurring my vision no longer being able to see any evidence of value or purpose in the wasteland of suffering. How comforting to know even in our desert times of feeling spiritually dry, parched by life’s scorching trials. God sees the value, the nuggets of truth, tried by the fire and ready to mine the deposits left by our painful feelings of loss and devastation. Steve and Geoff were excited with the possibilities…they saw the gold mine that lay at their dusty boots, armed with magnetic devices and keen eyes they gushed at the wealth they were beholding, one precious rough rock at a time. So too God mines our souls sweeping across them with the powerful attraction of His Grace, stooping down to marvel at the beauty and value of which we often mistake as worthless. Beauty for ashes, life spoken over the dry bones, humanity formed from dust …. God’s redemption in the most drought stricken and lifeless situations. How precious to have such a loving Father as he; to see the value when we see none, to rejoice over what the world would overlook.
Heavenly Father and miner of our souls, thank you for knowing first hand the value in suffering. As we travel through the desert times may your well traveled hand guide us with your truths and water our weary and torrid soul’s. May our mind be refreshed in your promises and the hope that one day we will be coming up out of the wilderness times leaning on our beloved; and just as the iron entered Joseph’s soul when he was chained with fetters. Make us strong, fortified with your walls of love, seeing beyond the pain to your exceedingly bright and precious promises. Thus, knowing that you make all things work together for our good. From glory to glory, one priceless nugget at a time….
Matthew Henry commentary says, “Afflictions are among our mercies. They prove our faith and love, they humble our pride, they wean us from the world, and quicken our prayers”
“Let the thankful heart sweep through the day and as the magnet finds iron, so it will find, in every hour some heavenly blessing.” Henry Ward Beecher
Isaiah 43:19…”Behold, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs forth; do you not perceive and know it and will you not give heed to it? I will even make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”