Scripture for Today: Isaiah 35:1-2a “The desert and the parched land will be glad. The wilderness will rejoice and blossom. Like the crocus, it will burst into bloom. It will rejoice greatly and shout for joy.”
For many parts of the world, the small crocus poking out its little head through cold hard ground is the first indication of spring! For years in the north of France that was true for us. My heart was always encouraged with that unexpected burst of color appearing. There was still plenty of brown landscape and barren trees, but at least I knew that change was in the air!
Today’s verse uses the image of the crocus to picture the joy of God’s redeemed people. The desert of their distress and persecution will be transformed into joyful springs of water. There will be a day when God will move on their behalf, coming with vengeance and salvation (verse 4). Every wrong will be made right. There will be singing, shouting, gladness and everlasting joy for the redeemed. There will be complete healing and protection. Sorrow and sighing will be no more!
What an incredible future awaits me! I can choose to live with joy as I look forward to that coming day. I do not have to be bowed down with sorrow over the struggles I face. A different season is coming. There is a promise of so much more to come. All will be transformed in the blink of an eye. At that point, there will be no containing my bursting joy! It is so easy to look around at everything sad and barren in my life and become discouraged. But instead, I am going to look for that small crocus flower today!
Thank you Lord, that incredible joy IS my future!