Thursday, March 20, 2014

March 17,  2014   
Today's Photograph . . . . Approaching Thunderstorm  (MQ)

Bible Study Verses
Isaiah 35:5-8
Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. 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. The parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water; in the habitation of jackals, where each lay, there shall be grass with reeds and rushes. A highway shall be there, and a road, and it shall be called the Highway of Holiness.
The unclean shall not pass over it, but it shall be for others. Whoever walks the road, although a fool, shall not go astray. (NKJV)
Having lived all of my life in the Sonoran Desert, I have experienced long stretches of very hot dry weather, times when rain has been illusive, at best. We have now been in a drought for over ten years, and there have been days when I have truly yearned for rain.

Recently, we had a wonderful rain shower. I ran outside with my  daughter, and we shouted, "Thank You!, Thank You Father! You are Good! You are Faithful! YEA!!" We jumped up and down and sang and looked into the falling rain with grateful hearts.

The desert came alive! The dusty mesquites were a vibrant green and the dull rocks brightened and shimmered. The air had the delicious smell of wet earth and refreshed creosote. The best treat, however, was watching the dry washes rush with water. The sound of rushing water coupled with every bird in the area chirping and singing reminded me that all creation indeed sings His praises.
(Sara S)

Action Point
When we ask for Jesus to take control of our lives and live in us and through us, when we surrender to Him and all His goodness, the Bible tells us that we will no longer thirst for completion. Refreshing, life-bringing water begins to rush into the barren and parched places of our souls and we are reborn in Him.

The availability of this Living Water is forever when we call Jesus Christ Lord and Master. He is able to bring life to our desert.

Let's walk on His Highway of Holiness and let the sorrow and sighing flee.

Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
If you find yourself in the desert during a rain, or if there is rain in the surrounding areas, be very wise about crossing running water. The water levels surge and change in seconds, and you can find yourself in a dangerous situation. Don't place too much confidence in that four-wheel-drive truck.