|And if you spend yourself in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday. The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. –Isaiah 58:10-11
Have you ever found yourself in a place where you felt down and out? Have you ever had a feeling of emptiness in your heart from the sting of loneliness or the pain of unhappiness? I have. For a period in my life, I felt like that Lord had turned His back on me, but seemed to be there for everyone else around me. I was constantly surrounded by people, but I still felt lonely. I wanted more of ‘something’ in my life, but I could never find the words to describe it because I really did not know what it was; something was just missing and I did not know how to get it.
During my ‘desert period,’ as I like to call it, nothing satisfied me. I had no desire to talk to friends or family members, my prayer times were forced and stale, the words of the Bible neither felt living nor active, music became like noise in my ears, and I was just inconsolable. That was until I stumbled upon a gold mine that was highlighted on one of the pages of the beloved book, the Bible, which had lost its luster in my heart. The verses, Isaiah 58:10-11 literally jumped off the pages to me and for the first time in a long time, I felt something. I was thirsty, and the words in Isaiah 58:10-11 were like a bottle of water being dangled across my face. I wanted it!
The Lord promised that if I helped out someone else, He would satisfy my needs. If I just took some time to care about the needs of another, He would guide me and strengthen me. Hmm, that did not sound too bad. I went out that day with a new perspective; I began to pay more attention to the needs of others. I held doors open, I smiled at people, I helped a co-worker finish a project that was due, I sent an email to a colleague that had been going through a very tough season of life, I called a friend back that had been trying to reach me because she needed someone to talk to, and some friends and I took some food to a group of homeless people in a park and spent the afternoon just listening to their stories and hanging out with them. It was probably one of the most exhilarating weeks of my life. I don’t know exactly when it happened, but I was ‘healed.’ Things literally just got better for me.
Dear friends, if you need healing for your soul, open up your hearts to meet someone else’s needs, and I assure you that therein will you find the healing that you are so desperate for. Taking the focus off ourselves and onto the needs of others really does a lot of good for the heart! The Lord has promised to satisfy our souls if we would just spend ourselves in behalf of others. If the garden of your heart is in a desert (dry) period, try watering someone else’s garden and you’ll find that someone else had been watering yours all along, you just needed a change of perspective in order to notice.
Grace and peace be with you.
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