Friday, May 11, 2012

Driving through the desert

Driving home from my a visit with my family, I had to drive through the Mojave desert. It was hot, I was dehydrated, and my lips were cracked and burning. My illness had flared, and I had to stay a couple of extra days before I could drive. As I went, even my water became hot. My high tech air conditioner is to roll down the car window. Several times I wanted to just lay down and rest, but I knew that would only make my situation worse. I had to keep moving. I was lucky enough to find Christian radio stations and I had my CD of worship music, and that praise and worship got me to though.  I thought about the armor of God in Ephesians 6:

Weapon 1:    The sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. The sword is what we fight with, cutting the enemy off. This is a good reason to memorize, so that you can call up verses when you need them.

Weapon 2: The shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.
I'm sure the enemy would have liked me to curl up and give. But the Holy Spirit inside me strengthens me.

Weapon 3: The helmet of salvation. I know who I belong to. He will see me through or bring me home.

Weapon 4: The belt of truth, buckled around your waist...  guarding my tender parts.

Weapon 5: The breastplate of righteousness... bought by the blood of Christ.

As I drove through the desert, I thought of these things.  Our lives are like a journey through the desert. We can't get through this life on our own strength. Well, we can, but it won't turn out how we want it to.
But, " I can do all everything through him who gives me strength.- Philippians 4:13

As I watched the endless tumbleweeds and beautiful Joshua trees flow past, I thought of the intelligence that created so many varied habitats. Most people think of the desert as a dry, dead place, but there is life there.
The mountains in the distance were stained purple as the sun shone bright and hot. I thought of Moses and the children of Israel wandering in such a place for forty years. Would our faith today withstand it? But if we have faith, we have peace, because we know that he knows what was, is, and what will be. We can rest in that.

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.-Philippians 4:7

You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.-1John 4:4

How great is the love the Father has lavished on us. that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!...-1 John 3:1

My favorite scripture of all is this: For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.- Philippians 1:21

So whether in this body or the next one, I have complete confidence that my Lord and Savior will do with me as he chooses. And since he is so much wiser, I chose to follow the path that he has set before me. Some days are easier and some test my limits, but as the scripture says, he who is in me is greater than the one in the world.

Another thing occurred to me as I traveled. Water is such a precious necessity! How many times did our Lord compare himself to living water? It is so. He refreshes our soul as much as ice cold water refreshes my mouth. Ah, our Father is good.

Consider the Samaritan woman who asked Jesus for a drink of water.
Jesus answered her, "If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water."-John:4:10
 Fill us Lord, with living water for our souls!

 Blessings to you.

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