Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Streams in the Dessert

One of the scriptures for this week comes from Isaiah 43: 19-20:
Look!  I'm doing a new thing; now it sprouts up; don't you recognize it?  I'm making a way in the desert, paths in the wilderness. The beasts of the field, the jackals and ostriches, will honor me, because I have put water in the desert and streams in the wilderness to give water to my people.
As it turns out--this is not just a metaphor.  When the snow on Mt. Hermon melts int Northern Israel, the water flows south through the Judean Wilderness (Negev Desert).  This creates very dangerous flash floods--"water in the desert, streams in the wilderness."  On of the more amazing things to witness on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land is the large water cisterns that have since ancient times collected this water in order that the people might use the water God gave them in the midst of the wilderness.

How is God quenching you in the midst of your wilderness?  Where is God doing a new thing?  "Don't you recognize it?"

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