Guest Post: Deserts Will Blossom
Today’s guest post, Deserts Will Blossom is contributed by Lisa Newton of Amateur Nester blog. Check out her website to find more helpful information about infertility, as well as her eBooks too, at www.AmateurNester.com. Thanks Lisa for your contribution to Dancing Upon Barren Land ministry!
Deserts Will Blosom
by Lisa Newton
This post was originally published at http://www.amateurnester.com/2013/11/deserts-will-blossom.html
In 2010, I memorized Isaiah 51:3 in the NIV translation.
The Lord will surely comfort Zion and look with compassion on all her ruins; he will make her deserts like Eden, her wastelands like the garden of the Lord…
The extended singleness I was experiencing at the time felt like my own personal wasteland, and the Lord used this verse to bring me much comfort.Three years later I was happily married with a wonderful husband.
But we were walking through a new wasteland: infertility.
That’s when I read the verse for the first time in the NLT translation and it took on a whole new meaning for me.
“The Lord will comfort Israel again and have pity on her ruins. Her desert will blossom like Eden, her barren wilderness like the garden of the Lord. Joy and gladness will be found there. Songs of thanksgiving will fill the air.”
My guess is that anyone who has struggled with infertility will agree that “ruins” is a good substitute for “barren.”
Infertility leaves us barren, infertile.
But God promises us that our barren wilderness will bloom and blossom like His very own personal garden.
Think about that for a minute. Can you imagine what the personal garden of Earth’s creator looks like?
Can you imagine how much water, how much life-liquid is required to make deserts bloom into stunning gardens?
And the Master Gardener promises to make our wasteland just as beautiful.
We cannot yet know if our flowers and blooms will come in the form of a baby, or in the form of a different plan He has.
But we can know there will be joy.
We will be glad.
And we will sing songs of thanksgiving to Him.
May those promises be your comfort in the midst of infertility.