The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them;
and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose.
It shall blossom abundantly,
and rejoice even with joy and singing:
the glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it,
the excellency of Carmel and Sharon,
they shall see the glory of the LORD, and the excellency of our God.
A few weeks ago as I drove to work I popped a CD into the slot so as to spruce up my morning drive. I hadn’t listened to this particular artist for years–1994’ish to be “exact”. What CD, you ask? It was Helen Baylor’s “The Ultimate Collection”. As I drove, the joy rose up in me, as this brought back great memories for me, and how can her music NOT stir the JOY of the Lord in our spirit, mind, body and soul?
The CD played and played . . . and I LOVED JAMMING TO IT! ~ I sang along as the words came to me by rote, even after all the years that had passed since I’d heard any of her music.
I played the CD that morning and that afternoon. I found myself unable to remove the CD, or ever shut it off. My heart’s joy was evident by the plastered smile on my face, and the vocals I belted out as I sang aloud.
One day, much to my surprise the words to the song, “Oasis” kept repeating in my mind, and it was then that I realized that these words were from my newest favorite Bible scripture–Isaiah 35:1-2!
Why, that was my last blog . . . the picture I posted of the desert rejoicing and blossoming as the rose . . . WOW . . . I set the stereo to repeat my now favorite song. Over and over and over it plays.
In my life, peaks and valleys ~ valleys ~ and MORE valleys. They seemed to be the place I’d spent most of my life. The peaks were few and far between. I’d been in the wilderness, alone, lonely, sad, hurt, broken, messed up, abused–you name it, I’d experienced it.
I once compared my life to that of Humpty Dumpty . . . ALLLLLL the king’s horses and ALLLLL the king’s men, couldn’t put Gracie Girl together again.
Who is this king? ~ Well, the king in the story of Humpty Dumpty had no power to put me together again, but it was My King, and our King of Kings . . . with a capital ‘K’ . . . who came alongside me one day two years ago and comforted me with the story of El Roi–the God Who Sees Me.
What a revelation He had given me on that day. No matter what I had gone through prior to that “Ah-ha” moment, or anytime thereafter would I ever be left to circle ’round that mountain in my wilderness of unhealed pain. In my deepest darkest hoursssss, He confirmed to me that He was always with me, and He SAW me in every single instance of my pain-filled happenstance.
Today, I can REJOICE knowing that my El Roi never left my side. In dangerous situations, He had my back. He sent warring angels to counter attack the demons sent and assigned to destroy me. He sent guardian angels to surround and protect me. Why? Because He loves me so! He is enthralled by my beauty. He rejoices over me with singing.
Yes! ~ He is my Joel 2:25, Ephesians 3:20, and Isaiah 35:1-2 God.
I am abundantly blessed to know Him, and to accept the LOVE He pours into me, consistently and faithfully.
He made an OASIS, right in the middle of the desert . . .
~God’s Gracie Girl~ ✿
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- The Desert Bloom (poetrybydeborahann.wordpress.com)
- R.C. Sproul – on the Ubiquity of God’s Glory in Creation (revivalandreformation.wordpress.com)
- “Pink Roses in Vintage Urn” ♥ by Shana Rae, Florabella Collection
- Helen Baylor sings Lord You’re Holy and Awesome God (christianmusicmakers.com)
- Blossom as the Rose ~♥~ Isaiah 35:1-2 (gshow.wordpress.com)