“The Lord makes a path through the sea and a road through the strong currents.
Forget what happened in the past, and do not dwell on events from long ago.
I am going to do something new.
It is already happening.
Don’t you recognize it?
I will clear a way in the desert.
I will make rivers on dry land.”
Isaiah 46:16, 18-19
Do you ever feel like you’re floundering in a sea, unable to make headway, fearing that you will be pulled under at any moment? Perhaps you’ve had tragedy, or past trauma that has power in your life which you can’t escape? God has something wonderful to say about that in this ancient passage. He has set a Plan in motion for your life. . . He is beginning a change for the future. Watch for it….pay attention.
First, He refers to something He did in the past….
“The Lord makes a path through the sea
and a road through the strong currents.
Forget what happened in the past,
and do not dwell on events from long ago.
…..does it not sound like the miracle of parting the Red Sea, and the road His People were able to follow through that impossible, deadly situation? Yet we do not have to only hang onto that! He is still working…still doing the impossible….now.
In the Sahara Desert, where I have spent much time, I can look as far as the horizon, in all directions and see nothing but the sand. Traveling through the sand is difficult at best. The dangers of being lost are very real. You long to see tracks of any truck that has passed through, but the winds quickly cover tracks. You long for a path or road to follow, always with the nagging fears of the absence of any water.
In that reality….the harshness of a desert. . . the Promise of God in these verses is truly life-saving. Not only does He provide a clear way, a road through the vast, unbroken desert in our lives, but He makes a river. Not just a cup of water, or an underground well. He promises to make riversthat flow on dry land. What a picture! What an impossibility by human effort.
What HOPE He gives us in our desert experiences of life!