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May 19, 2010

Chapter-a-Day Isaiah 44

Day in the desert. "For I will pour water on the thirsty ground and send streams coursing through the parched earth." Isaiah 44:3a (MSG)

There are individual days within life's journey that, in and of themselves, feel like a sojourn through the desert. Yesterday was one of those days for me. I won't bore you with all the details. Let's just say that from beginning to end it was complete with organizational pain, relational pain, financial pain, and physical pain. From threatened lawsuits, to a loved one chewing me a new one, to a dental filling and extraction. By the end of it all, I felt spiritually parched. I could almost feel life draining from me. I went to bed last night feeling the life tank on empty.

Along with the verse from today's chapter in Isaiah, I am reminded this morning of the words of Jeremiah, the prophet, as he found himself in far worse circumstances than I:

Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

It's a new day. Still feel like I'm standing in the desert. I'm looking for a stream.


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Here I am praying to a stick of wood!"

God, today I pray that you help me to focus only on you and not on worldly things. Amen.

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