A reflection by Mother Maria-Michael Newe, OSB.
What we hear from Isaiah still pertains to us in our day when it says, "I am the Lord who grasp you by your right hand it is I who say to you 'Fear not. I will help you." Over and over again we hear God saying, "Overcome your independence and let me help you." What a sad thing when we don't want God's help. He offers us His right hand to help us!
Sometimes we are like a desert but it is then that we have to trust that God will plant Himself there in us and He will make us flourish. Once again, He's asking us to believe the impossible. We should believe it can happen; it happens all the time. And we have to remember that. He gives us the key we need, we simply have to open it... and that's our faith and trust. Even in this life, it is all there if we're willing to believe God and to trust Him. Happiness is there for us if we're willing to believe. Truly all things are at our fingertips.