Sunday, May 11, 2008

a way in the desert

We are visiting our daughter in Phoenix, Arizona.  We're adjusting to a very different place than Virginia.  Flying over the country we watched the land below change from green to brown somewhere in Texas or New Mexico and the brown of the desert is the primary land color here in Phoenix.  As I was leaving the airport, I asked a local fellow where the water came from for this large city.  He said it came from the Hoover dam area, which must be hundreds of miles from here.  Until they had a strong source of water, the city of Phoenix really couldn't develop (based on today's anticipated 97 degree high temperature, I think air conditioning also has played a key role).  The thought occurred to me this morning that people have carved a city out of a place that basically wasn't intended for human habitation.  The Lord also provides all we need.  Life can be like a desert, with dryness of spirit, hostile conditions from experience and uncertainty.  But just as they have found a way to carve a city out of the desert in Phoenix, so the Lord makes our personal desert a green oasis by His presence and His provision.
Isaiah 35:6 Then the lame shall leap like a deer,
      And the tongue of the dumb sing.
      For waters shall burst forth in the wilderness,
      And streams in the desert.
blessings (and Happy Mother's Day, Mom)
Rob Smith

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