The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad,
the desert shall rejoice and blossom;
like the crocus it shall blossom abundantly,
and rejoice with joy and singing.
The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it,
the majesty of Carmel and Sharon.
They shall see the glory of the Lord,
the majesty of our God.
Strengthen the weak hands,
and make firm the feeble knees.
Say to those who are of a fearful heart,
“Be strong, do not fear!
Here is your God.
He will come with vengeance,
with terrible recompense.
He will come and save you.”
Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened,
and the ears of the deaf unstopped;
then the lame shall leap like a deer,
and the tongue of the speechless sing for joy.
For waters shall break forth in the wilderness,
and streams in the desert;
the burning sand shall become a pool,
and the thirsty ground springs of water;
the haunt of jackals shall become a swamp,
the grass shall become reeds and rushes.
A highway shall be there,
and it shall be called the Holy Way;
the unclean shall not travel on it,
but it shall be for God’s people;
no traveler, not even fools, shall go astray.
No lion shall be there,
nor shall any ravenous beast come up on it;
they shall not be found there,
but the redeemed shall walk there.
And the ransomed of the Lord shall return,
and come to Zion with singing;
everlasting joy shall be upon their heads;
they shall obtain joy and gladness,
and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
~Isaiah 35: 1-10
For most of my life things were stressful and confusing for me. I had difficulty reading and understanding school work. While other students seemed to understand lessons in a snap, it took me longer to understand what the teacher was teaching. It seemed there was never enough time.
In the 7th grade, I was tested for dyslexia. It was hard to be patient while waiting for the results of the testing I was afraid they would not be able to discover what the problem was. I also worried that my teachers wouldn't understand what dyslexia was.
I found patience with God. I knew He was right there with me through everything. I prayed all the time that they would discover why school was so hard for me. Finally, I was diagnosed with dyslexia and was able to show my knowledge through the way I learn best.
The scripture tells us to be patient and that God has a plan for everyone. He promises to make everything beautiful and right in the end. We just have to be patient.
Written by an eighth grade student
*This devotional was inspired by and written using Simply Wait: Cultivating Stillness in the Season of Advent by Pamela C. Hawkins. The Clarity Youth Ministry is grateful to have this incredible resource and encourage you to buy your own copy of the book to further your Advent study, which you can do by clicking this link.