Wasteland is land that is barren, or ravaged. It is a place, era, or aspect of life considered lacking in spiritual, aesthetic, or other humanizing qualities; a vacuum (Free Online Dictionary). I worked in a wasteland the last year I worked in the hospital. I’ve written about it before. It truly was a place that lacked any humanizing qualities. It was oppressive beyond belief. While in the wasteland, however, I was privileged to uncover a treasure. It was not a part of the wasteland, but as I let the message of this treasure become a part of who I was, I began to change. As I changed I became better able to handle the wasteland. I was better able to hang on. Paradoxically, however, the treasure enabled me to hear God plainly and I distinctly heard God telling me He didn’t want me hanging on. He wanted me to get out of the wasteland. He was saying to me, “This is the way. Walk in it.” Fearful and stubborn, I would not go. The hospital had become my source. Sadly, God had to summon someone to make me go. That someone was my boss.
So today I am reading Isaiah 30:12 – 33. Isaiah is writing about Israel and how they didn’t trust God to take care of them against the Assyrians. They refused to leave Egypt and kept depending on Egypt to save them. As I read the chapter and put my name in the Israeli part and inserted the name of the hospital where I worked in place of Egypt and put the names of hospital administrators where Isaiah named the Assyrians, it is EXACTLY my story. I believe this chapter was a rhema word for me today from the Lord.
This is the reply of the Holy One of Israel:
“Because you despise what I tell you
and trust instead in oppression and lies,
13 calamity will come upon you suddenly—
like a bulging wall that bursts and falls.
In an instant it will collapse
and come crashing down.
14 You will be smashed like a piece of pottery—
shattered so completely that
there won’t be a piece big enough
to carry coals from a fireplace
or a little water from the well.”
15 This is what the Sovereign Lord,
the Holy One of Israel, says:
“Only in returning to me
and resting in me will you be saved.
In quietness and confidence is your strength.
But you would have none of it.
16 You said, ‘No, we will get our help from Egypt.
They will give us swift horses for riding into battle.’
But the only swiftness you are going to see
is the swiftness of your enemies chasing you!
17 One of them will chase a thousand of you.
Five of them will make all of you flee.
You will be left like a lonely flagpole on a hill
or a tattered banner on a distant mountaintop.
18 So the Lord must wait for you to come to him
so he can show you his love and compassion.
For the Lord is a faithful God.
Blessed are those who wait for his help.
The Scripture goes on to tell what happens to the Assyrians and the people of the Lord who return to Him. I am claiming the promises to the people of the Lord as promises to me. They are amazing verses. What I can say is that since I was booted out of the wasteland, I have found the compassion and love of the Lord. I have learned to trust Him in every way. He left me no other option. I was left as He promised, “as a lonely flagpole on a hill, a tattered banner on a distant hilltop”. BUT I had the treasure I had found during my days in the wasteland, and, I was using it. It enabled me to survive the final months in the wasteland, prepared me for the exodus from the wasteland and taught me to wait for His help.
Please come back when I link up with Ann for Multitudes on Monday. I will be using my treasure that day to show you how he turned the wasteland in my life into a land fill. I will also share some of what He is using to fill that land.
Always alleluia because of His amazing grace,