A Common Occurrence
One thing Iíve found out by living here in New Mexico is that storms are A Common Occurrence. Regardless of how the sun shines, you can almost set your watch to a storm rolling in before the sun goes down.
At first, I was bothered by these storms. They seemed to frustrate my plans (hunting for rocks and climbing mesas) and hinder my agenda. Not to mention there was a constant mess being made from the mud puddles that continually adorned the walkway.
Then recently as I listened to the rolling of thunder and watched the sky brighten with lightening, I began to sense something was happening beyond my scope of things. The rain fell, and created small ponds and the wind blew, dusting the surface of debris.
Yet, there was more.
The desert appears lifeless, unless you look close. Here where we live you donít see the tall cacti displayed in pictures; you see miles of rock and sand! Mesas are the focal point at any angle. What were once watering holes are now dried riverbeds.
Have you ever felt like you were in a desert?
Have you ever felt like the wilderness would consume you, with its lifeless still shots?
Have you ever thirsted for water, and everyway you turn seems to be nothing but dried up watering holes?
In the midst of A Common Occurrence the Lord allowed me to see there was a plan!
The daily storm that settles over the hot desert is to bring life! What once appeared dead now breathes with fresh water. There is a dusting away of the old things, and the new begins to blossom in the midst of the sand, and it never fails, when the storm rolls away the sky is filled with wonder; the air is crisp and fresh; the mesas seem to brighten with the washing away of a layer of surface dust.
In the midst of the wilderness there must be a storm! It is Godís plan to cause the desert to blossom!
Listen today, as the storm rolls inÖ.
Is it a hindrance to your life or is there a purpose?
A little rain must fall in every desert!
The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as a rose.
Lord many reading this today, are in the desert Ė trekking through the wilderness. It seems there is no end to the dry arid desolation, yet you have promised that you never leave or forsake your own! Lord, today we ask a special request for those who feel abandoned in the hot sands of life. Let them feel the rain of your spirit. Let them know you are causing the desert to bloom. Comfort them with your presence and give them strength to go on! In Jesus Name, AMEN!
© Jounda LaMance October 9, 2006
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