Let the desert and dry region be happy;
let the wilderness rejoice and bloom like a lily!
Let it richly bloom; let it rejoice and shout with delight!
Isaiah 35:1-2 NET
The desert is blooming. Here in California, the most arid of places are awash with color. Purple carpets of tiny flowers cover the desert floor, while yellow blossoms lift their faces to the sun. Bright pinks and vivid whites join the mix to make it one spectacular view. It will be a short, but very sweet season in this otherwise dry and dusty place.
In the scripture above, Isaiah sings a beautiful song. Not only will the desert land bloom, but so will the people. They will be restored in so many ways when the Water comes to flow in the land. Weak arms and knees will be strengthened, blind eyes healed, hearing restored, and voices unleashed will all be part of God’s presence with man.
Although Isaiah’s audience of the day would not know the final outcome of this song, Jesus would show up many generations down the road to bring a flow of Water that would make all the difference. There would indeed be many wonders and miracles upon His arrival. He would be known to offer a Water that would always satisfy and never leave anyone thirsty. His Water would not only refresh, but also sustain men living in the arid conditions of a desolate world.
This is where that beautiful picture of the desert bloom comes into my mind’s eye. My vision is not of flowers, but rather people standing strong in the face of adversity, their faces lifted to the Son who made it all possible.
In verse four of Isaiah 35 it says,
Tell those who panic, “Be strong! Do not fear! Look, your God comes to avenge! With divine retribution he comes to deliver you.
I see the ‘desert bloom’ as that divine retribution. We have been delivered from a dry, dusty place that was our life, to a place that is growing and flourishing.