O Jerusalem, I have posted watchmen on your walls; they will pray day and night, continually. Take no rest, all you who pray to the Lord. Give the Lord no rest until he completes his work until he makes Jerusalem the pride of the earth.
I remember taking my first youth summer camp trip as an adult leader. We went to Glorieta New Mexico and it was so beautiful! As we hiked in the mountains I noticed how some of the prettiest flowers grew in the cracks of the rocky hills and mountains. It was strange to see something so delicate and beautiful thrive in a less than perfect environment.
We as followers of Jesus, find ourselves “planted” in situations or circumstances which are harsh and seemingly impossible to endure or even thrive. Today’s verse in Isaiah encourages us all to not give up when we are found in less than desirable circumstances. God has us there for a reason and we must stay before Him and allow Him to be His witness to those around us. Whatever situation you find yourself in today, consider it an opportunity for God to use you to bring His message of love, joy, peace and restoration.