I have just watched the latest instalment of the brilliant BBC series, Planet Earth. Having already seen Mountains, Islands and Jungles, Part 4 reveals to us the secrets of the world’s Deserts. After the most amazing photographic sequences, David Attenborough says that ‘the worlds deserts are getting bigger, hotter and drier at a faster rate than ever.’
The Bible speaks a great deal about deserts. Although on numerous occasions, the deserts are literal and geographical, there are times where the writers use the imagery of the desert or wilderness as a metaphor of spiritual dryness. Although sadly, I believe that Attenborough’s comments can be seen to be as true spiritually as physically, the prophet Isaiah gives us great hope. In Chapter 35, the Prophet speaks about the coming of the Lord, saying:
Even the wilderness and desert will be glad in those days. The wasteland will rejoice and blossom with spring crocuses. Yes, there will be an abundance of flowers and singing and joy!
The deserts will become as green as the mountains of Lebanon, as lovely as Mount Carmel or the plain of Sharon. There the LORD will display his glory, the splendour of our God. With this news, strengthen those who have tired hands, and encourage those who have weak knees. Say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, and do not fear, for your God is coming to destroy your enemies. He is coming to save you.”
So, amidst the madness, doesn’t that give you hope and a reason to rejoice?