My husband showed me this ridiculously beautiful picture... and then told me that just a few days ago, it was one of the driest and most barren places on earth.
In March of this year, it rained more in one day than it has in 14 years! In fact, El Niño is responsible for this particular downpour. A few days ago the desert looked like this...
This blossoming of gorgeous pink flowers only happens after the rain. The rain that this Chilean desert rarely gets. In fact, El Niño is responsible for this particular downpour. So here's my encouragement for you. If you feel barren, dry, deserted... If you feel like the El Niño of your life is wrecking havoc on your world... If you feel like you are in a wilderness, or like you ARE a wilderness... there is PLENTY of hope for you. God can turn even the most barren place into a fruitful field of blossoms! He can transform your body, mind, and emotions.
All you have to do is look at this picture to feel a little hope rise up that you, too, can transform from barren to beautifully fertile.
Let this passage from Isaiah 35 (The Message Version) stir up hope in you.
The Voiceless Break into Song
35 1-2 Wilderness and desert will sing joyously,
the badlands will celebrate and flower—
Like the crocus in spring, bursting into blossom,
a symphony of song and color.
Mountain glories of Lebanon—a gift.
Awesome Carmel, stunning Sharon—gifts.
God’s resplendent glory, fully on display.
God awesome, God majestic.
3-4 Energize the limp hands,
strengthen the rubbery knees.
Tell fearful souls,
“Courage! Take heart!
God is here, right here,
on his way to put things right
And redress all wrongs.
He’s on his way! He’ll save you!”
5-7 Blind eyes will be opened,
deaf ears unstopped,
Lame men and women will leap like deer,
the voiceless break into song.
Springs of water will burst out in the wilderness,
streams flow in the desert.
Hot sands will become a cool oasis,
thirsty ground a splashing fountain.
Even lowly jackals will have water to drink,
and barren grasslands flourish richly.
8-10 There will be a highway
called the Holy Road.
No one rude or rebellious
is permitted on this road.
It’s for God’s people exclusively—
impossible to get lost on this road.
Not even fools can get lost on it.
No lions on this road,
no dangerous wild animals—
Nothing and no one dangerous or threatening.
Only the redeemed will walk on it.
The people God has ransomed
will come back on this road.
They’ll sing as they make their way home to Zion,
unfading halos of joy encircling their heads,
Welcomed home with gifts of joy and gladness
as all sorrows and sighs scurry into the night.
More on the Atacama Desert story HERE.