Decapitated Palm Trees

Isaiah 43:19 — “For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland” (NLT).

A little over a year ago, our family trekked through the desert between Las Cruces, New Mexico, and Los Angeles, California. It was a barren 600-mile journey that didn’t offer much in the way of life until we were about 100 miles away from our hotel in Sherman Oaks.

Most of the scenery consisted of deformed plants that were different shades of brown. The tops had even fallen off of a “forest” of palm trees—one of the toughest kind of trees there is. There was also little wildlife outside of a few herds of puny cows, and they dissipated a couple hundred miles in. I’m sure there were rattlesnakes somewhere, but we didn’t see any. (Thank God!)

Driving through this dry wasteland got me to thinking about the Lord’s words in Isaiah 43:19. Perhaps today you find yourself in a desert of sorts. Maybe all you can see of your hopes and dreams are a few decapitated palm trees. You might be in the driest season of your life, but I believe you are on the verge of something supernatural!

God is doing something new: He is making a pathway in your wilderness and a river in your wasteland. Our family ultimately reached the Pacific Coast, which made the path through the desert worthwhile. The same is true for you: If you will hold on to hope, keep the faith, and press forward, you will eventually reach your destination too!

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