The first time I typed this it disappeared, so I believe this is an integral message for someone. Isaiah 54:1 says, “Sing, O barren. You who have not borne! Break forth into singing, and cry aloud…” Picture being lost in a desert. There is no water source nor anything that is green or lush. You are thirsty, hungry, and you feel all alone.
I have lived in a physical desert as well as spiritual ones. I remember back to 2002. It was a glorious year in a spiritual pinnacle journey. I had entered a sweet depth of intimacy with the Lord that I had not experienced before. Then He told me that He was taking me into a dormant season. It was hard. I felt lost and longed for the intimacy I had.
I asked my landscape architect friend what happened to a tree during the dormant season. He said: the roots are still very active, gathering food from the soil. Dormancy is the time the soil needs nitrogen which is its immediate food. He just encouraged me to remain, because dormancy brings stability, growth, and beauty in the future.
Isaiah 54:2-3 says to prepare for expansion. One of the ways we can expand the capacity of our hearts is through worship. Worship is like spiritual nitrogen. It is immediate food that causes our spirit man to thrive. Take courage if you are in a spiritually dry season. Your roots are still active. Continue to draw your sustenance from His word. Hide it in your heart, mediate in it, and use it for words in worship.
Isaiah 55 was written to: those who are thirsty, hungry, seeking, and calling out to the Lord. Note that the commence is not money but Himself. Verse 2-3 says, “…Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, and let your soul delight itself in abundance. Incline your ear and come to Me. Hear, and your soul shall live…”
Our place of spiritual barrenness is orchestrated by the Lord. When everything dries up, He becomes our source. Barren? Hungry? Thirsty? Lonely? Verse 1 says to ‘come’ three times. He is everything and has everything that we need to spiritually thrive. Open your heart and sing to Him, an audience of One.