The Desert Shall Bloom

A cactus is a very strange plant. Some varieties look just like rocks; others are covered with stickers. Some of them are downright ugly. Others actually look dead. You seldom see one bloom.

Cactus or other succulents store up all the moisture they can get, then use it up during the dry season. Sometimes the dry season will last for years. But the cactus, though barely alive, somehow manages to survive on a very limited amount of moisture. After one of these long stretches of drought, when the spring rains finally come, the cactus bursts into bloom using all its energy, sending forth its seeds just at the right time for them to sprout and reproduce.

When the spring rains come, providing the desert with much needed moisture, those cactus that look like rocks, the ugly, thorny, dead-looking cactus, suddenly bloom. The desert, the wilderness, the barren waste, where only cactus grow, will blossom like a beautiful English rose garden.

The “rain” of the Holy Spirit is here now. We have lived through hard times, barely surviving on just a little moisture, just enough to stay alive. Some of us are dead looking, thorny, ugly, but we have survived and now it is time to bloom.

Jesus told us that the Holy Spirit is like a river of living water pouring out of our innermost belly, John 7:38. He has caused the airwaves, the magazines, bookstores to be flooded with His Spirit. There are more Christian books, songs, magazines, TV programs, and movies being produced than ever in the history of the world. Every ladies’ magazine has an article on spirituality in it. The Internet is being taken over by Christians.

The desert shall blossom like a rose.” Isaiah 35:1

The drought has ended. The spring rains have come. What has God given you to do in the last “rain of the Holy Spirit”? It is time to get the Word of God out where it can reproduce.

It is time to bloom.

Bird Feeder

Right after it snowed, I set a bird feeder on my potting bench where I can see it from my desk. I put  a camera on a ledge hoping to take a picture of a pair of cardinals but haven’t had any success yet. Birds must have very sharp eyes to detect movement, because they fly away when I reach over to snap the shot.

My yard is also full of bird food. I have shrubs and bushes around the foundation with berries and seeds. I let the asparagus go to seed and haven’t cut it back.

As a bird watcher and feeder, I’m in good company. God reserves the berries and seeds of the fields so birds have something to eat in winter. He looks down from heaven, watching His creation, waiting to see if the cardinal pair will show up to have their picture taken. He searches His reference database for the name of that little bird with the striped top-knot and stripes on his wings. He must get great joy watching their antics.

 I spent many years seeing birds from a distance but now that I have the bird feeder closer to my window, I can see each bird as an individual. The non-descript gray birds have suddenly shown their colors. I’ll have to find my North America Wildlife reference book to identify them.

If God provides food for the birds, He will surely see that I have what I need to eat. If the cost of a loaf of bread goes to $5, God will provide the $5 for me to buy it. We say, “I remember when the cost of bread was $.50 a loaf” and now we pay $2.50 for a loaf, and God has provided the money to pay for it.

“Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” Matthew 6: 26 NKJV

You each individually are of more value than many sparrows and God will see that you have what you need.

God’s Plan


After all these years of working outside the home, sometimes I feel like I never want to leave my house again. I started working as a waitress when I was 15 years old. In 2003, I retired from the phone company after 32 years and, after a year off, I started my own computer consulting business, now my 46th year of work.  

Last week when the weatherman forecast a few inches of snow, I was so thrilled. Yes! Please God! Let it snow, and I’ll hibernate, cook stew, sit in my recliner, and knit. Then it occurred to me that while I was praying to be snowed in so I would have an excuse not to leave the house,  others were praying God would hold off the snow so the roads would be clear for driving.

One prays the rain doesn’t come so they can go sunbathing at the lake, while the farmer prays for rain.

We pray for healing for one who’s in the hospital while she is praying for God to take her on home.

Who does God hear? Which prayer does He answer?

God hears and answers all our prayers and his answers are always the right answer for us. God is bigger than our prayers because He sees the big picture. He knows what is ahead.

 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:11-13 NIV

His plan is not to make you happy, but to bring you joy. He doesn’t want to bring you romance, but love. He wants to bring you destiny, not just a job. He has a plan for your life, not just a work schedule. God has a place for you, not just a house. He has a family for you, not just people to hang out with.  

 God’s plan is perfect. Just keep praying and He will keep answering. Keep seeking Him with all your heart and you will find Him.

System Restore

Microsoft Windows operating system has a feature called System Restore that takes the computer back to a previous date on the calendar. If you have problems with your computer, the System Restore program rolls back the settings to a date when everything was working well.

Wouldn’t life be great if we had a System Restore program? You could “roll back” to the day before a big fight with your husband and wipe out all the ugly words that were spoken. You could “roll back” to the days when your children were small and enjoy the things that just caused you stress back then. You could “roll back” to your honeymoon and fall in love all over again with your hubby. Or what about “rolling back” to the days before you married your now-ex-husband and call off the wedding?

However doing a System Restore in our lives would not wipe out the sins we have committed. We would probably do it all over again the same way, since human nature never changes.

 Jesus doesn’t just System Restore our lives. “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” II Corinthians 5:17NKJV

 He takes away the old and makes us new—a  new creation, a new creature, a new species of being that has never existed before. When we are born again, our old human nature is changed into a new clean spirit, made in the image of Christ. As we live our lives in union with Him, we are changed from the inside out until one day we will be just like Jesus.

Because of Jesus Christ, I will never be the same old me again.