Isaiah 17:12-14 (NIV) — “Oh, the raging of many nations — they rage like the raging sea! Oh, the uproar of the peoples — they roar like the roaring of great waters! Although the peoples roar like the roar of surging waters, when He rebukes them, they flee far away, driven before the wind like chaff on the hills, like tumbleweed before a gale. In the evening, sudden terror! Before morning, they are gone! This is the portion of those who loot us, the lot of those who plunder us.”
Our world system is in turmoil. There’s no doubt about that. In my daily meditations of Scripture reading, I understand our opening Scripture passage as part of a prophecy regarding Assyria’s mighty army that was marching against Judah.
King Hezekiah was asking other nations to form an alliance, but the Prophet Isaiah told the messengers for them to return home because Judah needed only God’s help to repel the Assyrians.
There are many things going on, seen and unseen, on the international, national and state levels, even here in our local politics ... some we understand, some we think we understand, and so much we hope we understand.
I know many are familiar with this next set of Scriptures: Proverbs 3:5 — “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.”
I can’t help but be thankful that these simple, golden nuggets of wisdom are found right up front, early in the third chapter of Proverbs.
Let me continue that regarding Proverbs 3:6-7-8.
“In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes: fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.”
As we know, there’s a great deal going on around us that can be upsetting and nerve-wracking, and it’s only right that we are aware of the ever-changing conditions that surround us. It’s part of our responsibility as stewards of all that God has provided us.
In the Old Testament of Isaiah chapter 26, it’s titled “A Song of Praise.” I share just a single verse, verse 3 — “You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.”
This whole song is worthy of our study. But I share that to make a point in this next piece.
Here on Kodiak Island we have several groups who share the natural beauty that surrounds us, whether it’s through gardening or through the camera lens. They are able to capture this beauty regardless of storm or tide. Their posting and sharing has been like a refreshing rain.
There seems to be a spiritual dryness upon our land, throughout all levels. That dryness has drawn a dark cloud over my spirit, but then like a blessed wind to that cloud, I was refreshed with the memory of the Rose of Jericho.
You’ll get more out of this if you take a moment and google or use some other method of searching this out. But to simplify the idea for this article, this Rose of Jericho is also called the Flower of Maryam.
The reason I present the plant is because it’s also called the “Resurrection Plant.”
This plant, when it goes a long time without water, goes into a state of dormancy that can last for years. It can take on the appearance of dry, balled-up sagebrush or a tumbleweed. It gets the name of the Resurrection Plant because even after several years of dryness, just after a couple hours of being wet, the plant is able to rehydrate, unfold its stems and reactivate.
King David wrote in Psalm 63:1 (KJV) while he was in the wilderness of Judah: “O God, Thou art my God; early will I seek Thee: my soul thristeth for Thee, my flesh longeth for Thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is.”
When we stray from the Lord, or when all the trials and temptations of life drain us and leave us spiritually dry, we can drink, refresh ourselves in the Spirit of our Lord.
John 7:37-38 (NIV) — “On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, ‘Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me as scripture has said, rivers of Living Water will flow from within them.’”
May our nation pause, seek, reflect, and refresh upon the Blessings that have already been lavished upon us as one nation under God.
Happy Fourth of July Weekend.