Streams in the Desert By Breanna Murphy

This is what the Lord says— he who made a way through the sea, a path through the mighty waters, who drew out the chariots and horses, the army and reinforcements together, and they lay there, never to rise again, extinguished, snuffed out like a wick: “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. (Isaiah 43:16-19)

The crazy thing about being involved in a church is that you see fairly quickly that everyone has a story. There is pain and hurt and tragedy in the history of everyone you meet.

I have the privilege of interviewing people for Baptism testimony filming, and that is one of my favourite parts about my job. It gives me perspective for my own life, and as these people share about how God showed up in their lives, I get so encouraged!

When I speak to people about their past hurts, sometimes that hurt is unimaginable to me. I have no way of understanding the degree of loss, the abuse, or the struggle that some people face. But I do know what it’s like to look around and not see a way out of a circumstance.

One of the hardest days of my life was when my parents told me they were getting divorced. My parents are awesome, and I love them a ton; they do so much for me and would never want to hurt me. Still, I’m a firm believer that divorce is a big deal and it affects families and kids, no matter who you are.

I remember feeling absolutely helpless. The foundation of family that I had built my whole life on had suddenly crumbled and I didn’t know how to proceed. I remember heading up to my room, laying on the floor and saying “God, I have no idea what to do. I have no idea how You’re going to use this, or what the future holds, but I do know that You are the only sure thing in my life.”

Then I opened my Bible, and remembered the phrase “streams in the desert”. For some reason I couldn’t shake that phrase, so I googled it (haha) and it took me to Isaiah 43.

It was in that moment that I felt God remind me that He is always with us and always ready to surprise us with something good from a difficult situation. Streams in the most unlikely of places: a barren desert. Life and healing when all seems lost.

We all have those moments, alone on our bedroom floors, wondering what’s next. I’m thankful for Jesus, who “writes straight with crooked lines”. Those hard moments become part of our stories - they make us stronger and they help us help others. Despite the hurt, when we get up and choose to embrace God’s promises, we glorify Him. I don’t know your struggle, but God does, and I’m so thankful that Jesus already endured the ultimate struggle so that we can count on Him.

Prayer: Thank You Lord for streams in the desert. For something new when we don’t see any hope at all. Help us to have faith beyond what we see - give us Your vision and Your strength. Jesus, help us to share our stories with the world. When we tell them, we bring glory to You and we help people in similar circumstances. Thank You that when all seems lost, all is already won. Amen.

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