Deserts Will Blossom

infertility encouragement

In 2010, I memorized Isaiah 51:3 in the NIV translation.

The Lord will surely comfort Zion and look with compassion on all her ruins; he will make her deserts like Eden, her wastelands like the garden of the Lord…

The extended singleness I was experiencing at the time felt like my own personal wasteland, and the Lord used this verse to bring me much comfort.

Three years later, and I’m happily married with a wonderful husband. But together we are walking through a new wasteland: infertility.

I recently read the verse for the first time in the NLT translation and it took on a whole new meaning for me.

“The Lord will comfort Israel again and have pity on her ruins. Her desert will blossom like Eden, her barren wilderness like the garden of the Lord. Joy and gladness will be found there. Songs of thanksgiving will fill the air.”

My guess is that anyone who has struggled with infertility will agree that “ruins” is a good substitute for “barren.”

I am barren, infertile.

But God promises me that my barren wilderness will bloom and blossom like His very own personal garden.

Think about that for a minute. Can you imagine what the personal garden of Earth’s creator looks like?

Can you imagine how much water, how much life-liquid is required to make deserts bloom into stunning gardens?

And the Master Gardener promises to make my wasteland just as beautiful.

I do not know if my flowers and blooms will come in the form of a baby, or in the form of a different plan He has.

But I do know there will be joy.

We will be glad.

And we will sing songs of thanksgiving to Him.

May those promises be your comfort in the midst of infertility.

  • Wow! This is good stuff!! He promises joy and gladness. I had never read this verse in the NLT either, thanks for sharing! He is so good!

  • Em

    What a beautiful and powerful promise. Thank you so much for sharing.

  • Beautifully put!

  • Hi from ICLW. Hoping that you’ll soon have plenty of joy in your life.

  • Rach

    Hi from ICLW! What a beautiful post, it’s always a good reminder that God has a greater plan.

  • I love this Lisa!

    “And I do know there will be joy and we will sing songs of thanksgiving”

    Amen sister! <3

  • I clung to God will make me the joyful mother of children for 10 years. My kids are 23, 21, and 17. Blessings.

  • God bless you!
    Stopping by from SITS.
    God knows what he’s doing. Trust him even when you cannot or find it hard to trace him. I know many couples who struggled with infertility and are now parents to children they bore. I wonder why so many women struggle with infertility today? Wasn’t always that way. Is there something in the water?

    • Hi Yvonne, thanks for stopping by. I do wonder why so many women struggle with infertility today. I don’t doubt that perhaps it does have something to do with what we ingest.

  • This is beautiful! I love your encouragement and am sorry for the struggle. Though I know also that struggles do so much in our life…still, the pain and heartache is not something I’d wish on anyone. May God redeem this struggle and heartache for you and make you blossom–whether with natural children or in some other surprising way.

  • Thanks for the kind words of encouragement, Kirsten.

  • Lisa, this is amazingly beautiful and raw! God is good and amazing and I stand with you knowing He has great plans for you, no matter what those plans are… And you will be blessed!! Thanks so much for linking up with Monday Praises!! It is great to meet you!!

  • Infertility is so hard I think because it deals with life plans. It left me in limbo – and I wasn’t good at limbo. I had secondary infertility – and it was a journey. God has a plan. God has a time – and you will be blessed beyond your imagination. I think God knew the challenges I would face with the sons He gave me – and that I needed to be really strong for His plan – and the journey built the strength for His plan. Putting you on one of my post-it notes for prayers (’cause I need reminding) – praying that God give you peace, give you vision for His plan for your life – and comfort in the waiting – comfort, restful sleep, peaceful dreams and the Holy Spirit washing over you with His hope!

    • Thank you so much for the post-it note prayers (excellent idea, by the way) and encouragement. I do believe that God uses each and every struggle for something good, so perhaps he is strengthening me, too. Thank you for sharing a part of your story with me.

  • This is a beautiful post. I love how God can use the same verse in different stages & experiences in our lives.

    Thank you for linking up with us at Flashback Friday.

  • what great imagery. I love reading different versions of a familiar text, it really does bring out new meaning sometimes.

    • Lisa Newton

      Agreed! Sometimes I read something in The Message or New Living Translation and it seems brand new!