“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 43:18-19

Wasteland. Wilderness. Destroyed…deserted. That is the extreme description of the landscape that The Lord uses in this context. The wasteland, where we have been left to fend for ourselves in our hurt and brokenness. The wasteland, a place where the waste of the things we have done, and the things that have been done to us have rotted us from the inside out. The wilderness, where we have wandered in isolation, searching for a direction, a meaning and a purpose. God comes there; yes, to that place!

In the midst of the driest, dirtiest isolation imaginable is the very place in our hearts God chooses to show us His mercy.

He does not come to us where we think we have it all together. He comes to us where we are the most ashamed and hurt. The streams are in the wasteland, and the way is in the wilderness. The kindness of the Lord instead of ignoring what we ruined, He tends us, cleanses us, and makes that old thing new. To restore is to mend what has been shattered. God restores new life in the rummage and remains of our brokenness.

That very place in our beings where hurt finds haven in our hearts is where God will meet us. The Lord makes good out of what is meant for harm, and He uses the uttermost extreme conditions to remind us that no condition could ever put us out of His reach. God does new things in our old things, our hurt things, our hidden things. He mends, heals, and restores today from our yesterdays for our tomorrows.

Venturing into this territory has intimidated me in the past, and at times in my present. Conquering personal hurt and scars felt like a rocky mountain with no place for me to make my first attempt to climb. I felt overwhelmed and defeated.

But God does not intend for us to go at this alone. We get to ask for bravery in trusting Him in our vulnerable states.

John 14: 13-14 says “And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.”

He was pierced for our transgressions. He was wounded for our iniquities. The very reason He sacrificed Himself for us was to pay the price for our healing, sweetheart.

We can confidently ask Him to assist us in our brokenness because our restoration aligns with His will! He assures us that He will help us.

Our Father does not make light of our pain. He knows our hurts are heavy, and our burdens are real. God is familiar with the bitterness and scars we harbor deep within ourselves. But praise be to Him that nothing could scare Him away. I can attest to that.

Jesus: Restore in us the joy of Your salvation, and create in us new life-giving stories of forgiveness and restoration. Our hearts are Yours to heal. We love you and praise You always for this hope. In Your Precious Name, Amen.