Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Time in the Desert

I was thinking about those times we spend in the desert.  How we wonder why or how we get in the desert and what it is we are supposed to learn in the desert.  The Lord Jesus, Himself went into the wilderness to pray....and be separated from the world around Him.  The enemy tried to tempt Him in hopes He could defeat Him.  However, there is one thing I realized, the desert is not all dead and barren. Beautiful things grow in the desert. There is LIFE in the desert.  I stopped and I thought about the life and beauty found in the desert that can not be found anywhere else.

Beauty grows in the desert, and is anything arrayed more beautiful than a flower created by our God to grow in the desert.

There are so many colors found in the desert, it isn't just dry and ugly and barren. The colors of the desert declare the glories of God.

  Beauty beyond what we would think among the dirt and the pebbles cacti and stones.  Flowers cupping the little water that falls in the desert to feed the cacti. Perfectly created to bring nourishment to the living creation God placed among the stones.

The animals that live in the desert do not worry or fret about living in the desert. Their creator taught them how to survive, how to seek sustenance and nourishment and water in the desert. They survive even though it may be hard and times may get tough, they survive.

Beauty grows in the desert. So when our Lord takes us to the desert, it is to grow in us the things He can not grow in the valley or the mountain top. The life that lives in the desert is best suited to the desert. It grows best there because it was created to grow there. So when God takes us to the desert for a time, He puts in us what we need to survive in the desert. He does not abandon us. He is always there. He is in the wind and the heat that is getting rid of things He wants to take out. He is in the moisture hiding beneath the surface, found through prayer and time with Him for in the desert He provides streams of living water. If we keep walking and moving while in the desert we will find the oasis. However, if we sit down and bemoan the desert and why we are there, we can not find the moisture, the sustenance or the oasis.  So on Him, we must depend to lead us to the streams in the desert.

Lord teach me to rely on you whether I am in the desert, the valley or on the mountain tops. Because Lord my time in the desert gets me ready for the mountain tops and you will never forsake me in the valley, or the desert but You are always leading me to the mountain tops and the higher places in You.

No matter where I am Lord, I promise to praise YOU.