The band Needetobreathe isn’t afraid to be authentic.

That’s just one of the many reasons why I love them.

In fact, Needetobreathe wrote their album Rivers in the Wasteland out of their personal wasteland journey.

I know about those kinds of journeys. 

It’s why their song Wasteland resonates with me. 

It instantly transports me back to those times. 

(Yes, that’s plural. I’ve had a few wasteland journeys.) 

Like Needetobreathe, I saw enough Light while in the wasteland to get by until God brought me out. 

And I discovered a soul comforting truth.

God does some of His best work in the wasteland.

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Moses wrote a few books about it. Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.

In their wasteland journey, the Israelites discovered that no matter how stubborn they were, God’s love for them was even more stubborn.

“If God is for us, who can ever be against us?”

This past summer, my husband and I went to Hawaii.

Just like we expected, we saw virtual paradise.

Unexpectedly, however, we also saw vast areas of desolation.

The surprises weren’t over, though.

Only a short walk away from these wastelands sprung lush forests of stunning greenery. 

Seriously, these two pictures were taken very near each other. 

Isn’t that reminiscent of how God works in our lives? 

Out of our wastelands, He springs new life.

If you feel like you’re in a wasteland, don’t despair.

God is with you.

Look to the Light of His Word.

Let His Truth wash over your heart and mind.

Let His amazing grace and unconditional love warm you.

And then watch. New life will grow.

But if God is for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31b, NIV)


None of us want to live in a wasteland. Yet, I’ve never met anyone who hasn’t spent time in one.

Some were of our own making. Others were out of our control. 

Whether you’re in the middle of your wasteland or looking back at it from the other side (or about to enter it), I hope this song gives you the encouragement it gives me.

God won’t waste any of your journey. He’ll do some of His best work there. 

How has God done a great work in you? Share in the comments.

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