Todays devotion is about how God takes the waste places and rejection in our lives and turns things around for good – for His glory! Thank You Father God, that with You, nothing in the lives of Your children are waste! You bring beauty from ashes and we praise Your holy name!

Indeed, the LORD will comfort Zion; He will comfort all her waste places. And her wilderness He will make like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the LORD; Joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and sound of a melody. (Isaiah 51:3)

Indeed!  Indeed! He will not only comfort His people…He will comfort our waste places! The definition for the word, waste, means, any person or material unused and rejected as worthless or unwanted.  What a marvelous promise! Mark 14 tells this beautiful story..a woman came with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, made of pure nard. She broke the jar and poured the perfume on His head. Some of those present were saying indignantly to one another, “Why this waste?”  Have you ever considered that the waste places in our lives are very precious, very costly, and give off a lovely aroma not only to the Lord but to those around us.  Our waste and wilderness places will relocate into a garden where joy, gladness, and singing will be heard! So, if you are reading this devotion today and are embracing the thought that your life is a waste…look up, your redemption is drawing close!

Just like Mary, Lord, when she poured the oil

She wasted it all on You.

Others cried, what waste! Use it other ways—

But, she wasted it all on You.

The poor could have used its wealth for food—

And we would have cried, “How good!”

But, she knew your worth, and your hope for earth

She wasted it all on You.

As I stand here, Lord, facing this cruel world—

There’s so much to do for You.

“Hesitate,” You say, “There’s a better way,”

First, I’ll waste it all on You.

All that is so precious, to You I give—

And all that I hold so dear.

Hear my prayer, Oh, Lord—

Take, until I’m pure—

I want to waste myself on You.

So before I go out—before I start to sing and shout!

Before I preach You to the world and let my banners go unfurled.

Oh, Lord, I want—

To waste myself on You.

—Susan Corbett Pons—


  1. What do you think the Lord means by comforting all of Zion’s waste places?
  2. What  lesson from Mary can we learn concerning our lives?
  3. What waste places in your life are you desiring for the Lord to turn into a garden?


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