Rivers in the Desert

desert“Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” – Isaiah 41: 18-19

Something I deeply admired over the past couple weeks analyzing The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne was the way in which the main character Hester Prynne continued to push on; regardless of the hard things she was going through or the trials she faced.

In reading through the story of a woman who is condemned to a life of shame and made an outcast of society, the pattern of continual grief and pain are apparent in Hester’s life.  As was the norm for the Protestant society she resided in, the sin of bearing a child out of wedlock was among the worst, and could be punishable by death.  Hester, in being shown “grace” escaped the punishment of death but was left in isolation, branded with a red “A” for adulterer on her clothes, a child, and people who showed her no kindness.  She was given such hard circumstances to deal with, but she found the good, and worked hard to contribute good to the world.  She helped others, worked hard, took sincere care of her daughter, and remained silent towards the male figure also responsible for the child.  Hester was determined, brave, humble, and servant-hearted even when the world was against her.

This resonated with me more than anything else in the book.  I loved the beauty in Hester’s strength conveyed through Hawthorne’s writing.  The book inspired  a feeling of independence and personal strength, but also in this inspiration, it made me realize that we can’t be that all on our own.  We live in a broken world, with terrible chaos, destruction, and pain.  And sadly we can’t all be Hester Prynnes. It’s impossible to manage the weight of the world and the trials we face just on our own personal strength and durability.

This piece of what I took from The Scarlet Letter, coupled with Isaiah 41:18-19 really encouraged me.  It reminded me that yes the world will come, there will be really hard things to experience and really difficult times, but He will comfort us in those times and “make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert”.  Just as Hawthorne portrayed a character bravely withstanding everything the world threw at her, so will we be able to stand strong through our trials with His strength and comfort. We don’t need to be Hester Prynnes, we don’t need to face the world on our own, and we don’t need to go through pain or grief without His help and guidance.

 

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4 thoughts on “Rivers in the Desert

  1. Ashton I completely agree with your blog post, I wrote about the same thing in my blog. I was to amazed by the strength that Hester to fight the shame she faces because of her sin and that is what inspired me. Opening with the verse from the bible was very effective and brought a new perspective to the table. You go in the last paragraph to explain clearly how Scarlet Letter and the difficulties Hester goes through relate to the verse. Your point was backed up well with this and you also did a very good job in describing Hester and how you personally found her inspirational. That point then ties into your main on on how she was strong and managed to fight against the world. There was a few errors in your sentences , so just be careful to look over your post. In your last paragraph you maybe could have elaborated more on how the bible verse directly relates to Hester, you did relate it to yourself which did explain the quote. I you just elaborated a bit more on Hester and how the quote directly related to her it might have backed up your point further on how Christ will guide us through it all.

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  2. Ashton! I love how you discuss the beauty and strength in Hester-a woman who faces her sin. I also love the fact that we both found it inspirational.
    One think that might improve your post is to further explain the Bible passage. However, I think it was effective to use the passage in both the beginning and the end of the post. The repetition really adds to its emphasis.
    Over all fantastic job!

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  3. Ashton! I love how you discuss the beauty and strength in Hester-a woman who faces her sin. I also love the fact that we both found it inspirational.
    One thing that might improve your post is to further explain the Bible passage. However, I think it was effective to use the passage in both the beginning and the end of the post. The repetition really adds to its emphasis.
    Overall fantastic job!

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  4. Hey Ashton! 🙂

    I really enjoyed reading this post! You did very well on explaining about how you are inspired by Hester Prynne’s personal strength and perseverance in The Scarlet letter. I also really liked how you connected the bible verse to what you got out of the The Scarlet letter. Also, I especially loved your conclusion, you effectively summarize your main points and ideas on how God is our constant strength and comfort through trials and tribulations. However, you keep saying “He” but you never say God. Just clarifying that “He” means God would make it clearer. Also, maybe using specific examples from the book where it takes about Hester’s perseverance could strengthen your post.

    Overall, excellent job!

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