"I'm taking her back out into the wilderness where we had our first date, and I'll court her. I'll give her bouquets of roses. I'll turn Heartbreak Valley into Acres of Hope." - Hosea 2:14-15 (MSG)
Many have found themselves back in the wilderness. Remember that God does nothing without purpose. "Where it may seem like the Lord is calling you a few steps back, it's actually a positioning to propel you further forward than ever before." (Lana Vawser) Through your time in the wilderness you came to rely on the Lord more fully. Not for a moment did He leave your side. He was right there with you, courting you. In the dryness you developed a DEEP THRIST for more of God's love and presence (exactly what He wanted!). "Like a deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God." (Psalm 42:1) You became single-minded in your pursuit of the One who SATISFIES YOUR SOUL and had but one desire: Jesus.
Now there's a silent tension carrying GREAT EXPECTATION in the atmosphere - almost like the calm before a storm. He is sending His rain - heaven's kisses - to transform your heartbreak valley into ACRES OF HOPE. Your wilderness is becoming God's stage as He TRANSFORMS YOUR WILDERNESS INTO A PARADISE. Look around! You're standing on MIRACLE-RICH ground. Dust and glory meet here face to face. He heard you crying out for rain and took action, for "the heartfelt and persistent prayer of a believer can accomplish much [when put into action and made effective by God - it is dynamic and can have tremendous power]." (James 5:16-18 AMP) Crops will spring up all around you! Abundance of fruit!!! Blossoms everywhere!!! Streams in the wasteland! Rivers in the desert! You've sown in tears, but will reap in JOY! Truly, those who hope in the Lord will not be disappointed!
May the RAIN satisfy your soul, may the WIND cause your roots to grow deeper, and may the FIRE of His presence ignite a fierce love in you for your First Love.