Early one morning, driving home to Palm Desert, CA, after a long weekend in Arizona, I looked to the east and saw this lone cactus on the mountain, seemingly looking beyond its current location, standing still, and waiting. I thought about some good words of encouragement in the book of Isaiah. Isaiah was a great prophet in the history of Israel. He was the prophet of God to a people in the midst of disappointment, discouragement, and despair. And maybe you are feeling that way right now. And if you are feeling down, then you most likely feel very alone, just like this cactus on a hill. Standing alone. And yet, the cactus doesn’t move. It stands tall and strong. Waiting.

These are the words of encouragement from God to His people in their time of trouble.

Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth does not become weary or tired. His understanding is inscrutable. He gives strength to the weary, and to him who lacks might He increases power. Though youths grow weary and tired, and vigorous young men stumble badly, yet those who wait for the LORD will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.
Isaiah 40:28-31

Oh how I love the word “yet” in this set of verses. Yet is a word that is saying – wait a minute, there is still hope! Not only that, there is something you can do when you’re in trouble! We always feel as though things are out of control and there is seemingly nothing we can do about it. But there is ALWAYS something you can do, according to this verse – “wait for the LORD.” And when you wait for Him, you will gain new strength. You will be like an eagle with the ability to fly!

Warren Wiersbe writes about this verse, saying “There are times when life becomes difficult and we feel like quitting. Everything presses in around us, and the future looks dark. Instead of facing the day with excitement and eager expectation, we face the day with weariness and depression. We are ready to faint … Waiting on the Lord is the secret of keeping going when you feel like quitting. What does it mean to wait on the Lord? First of all, we must spend time in His presence in worship and prayer. You and I are prone to be impulsive and rush ahead of God. If only we would wait on the Lord and remain quiet in His presence, we would get the wisdom and strength we need to keep going day after day … What a difference it makes when we quiet our hearts before God, read His Word, talk to Him in prayer, and wait patiently for His strength.”

I like to define WAIT as Watching Always I Trust. Remember, dear friend, to watch and wait for your Lord, trusting in Him. Stand tall like this cactus on the hill, waiting for your Lord to act on your behalf. He promises to renew you, and give you the strength to soar above every difficulty.

♥ Blessings and Grace to You!


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  • Title: Lone Cactus
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  • Description: Sunrise mountaintop in Parker, AZ
  • Creator: Catherine Martin
  • Date Created: 09/01/13
  • Camera: Nikon D7000, 18-105mm lens
  • Photoshoot: Early light at sunrise over the desert landscape.
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