The Desert Rejoices
|Crown of the Barrel Cactus~flower and fruit~bloom in the summer|
Summer in the Desert where pavement sizzles, rivulets of water trickle down the back, the thick air squeezes breath from lungs, and parched lips thirst for a drop of water . Where and when will relief come from the searing heat?
The dark clouds roll in, lightning sparks the sky and thunder cracks the muggy silence. Buckets of rain pour from the heavens, temperatures drop 20 degrees, and the tempest is gone. Only beauty and refreshment remain.
He who made the desert also brings the rain to cool the land,
blossom the plants, and wet the lips. He brings joy and life to a weary land
In our spiritual deserts when the heat burns hearts and tongues taste only dry words, when breaths are shallow and the air of God still, the weary traveler can hope. For in moments, the dark clouds will produce refreshing rains of joy from the Father. Life will blossom again in hearts, souls will be quenched, and lips will be full of water from the wellspring of life. He waters the desert and blossoms the parched land of souls on the journey.
“The desert and the parched land will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice and blossom. Like the crocus, it will burst into bloom; it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy. The glory of Lebanon will be given to it, the splendor of Carmel and Sharon; they will see the glory of the Lord, the splendor of our God.” Isaiah 35:1&2 NIV
This is beautiful Janis… a good follow on from my desert theme WFW last week!
Have a blessed week, and thank you for this shower of refreshing rain!
Thank you, Amanda. Sometimes the desert is just a day, or sometimes its months before the rain comes. May your week be filled with blessings.
From My Heart to Yours,
I love the close up of the flower. Our God is quite creative. Great post this WFW! Blessings to you.
These are beautiful photos, Janis and such a wonderful analogy. Only God can bring relief to our parched souls, and He makes beauty in the desert.
Janis…what a fantastic way to journey through this verse in pictures! Perfect really…We are dry and He waters and restores…
Thank you for these words of hope and encouragement, Janis! I needed them today!
This is just the song of my heart at the moment as we are actually coming out of drought and are down to stage 2 water restrictions when all we really cannot do is water our lawns.
If you look around my blog you will see I have been just rejoicing in the growth this spring.
God is so good. Yes I learnt to praise Him in the desert…..there is a song about that at the base of my blog, but I am loving praising Him in the rain and spring growth.
Many Blessings to you today!
Wonderful! Beautiful pictures and illustration.
This is beautiful! That verse causes me to rejoice!
I’m new to your blog! It’s quite lovely. Have a blessed day and WFW!
So lovely. I am just coming out of a spiritual desert. This touched my heart deeply. Thank you. Blessings on your day!
Beautiful photos and excellent written words to go with the scripture. Thank you for sharing!
How beautiful and so interesting! Yes, thank God for those rains.
He is with us always, through every season.
Blessins to you♥
Thank you all for stopping by and sharing a piece of my joy in the desert. It’s so hot and dry here that often I miss the blessings God has for me right here.
@Wanda~Our God is creative and full of blessings.
@Denise~Thank you for your confirmation of God’s word, and for stopping by.
@Joan~How true it is that only God can fill our thirsting souls. Thank you for coming by.
@Lori~Thank you for your comment. Truly, only He can restore us.
@Jennifer~I’m glad these words were a blessing to you today. Praying for you.
@Jane~ooh! I like the praise song better, too. It’s so wonderful once the blessings rain down.
@Amy~Thank you for visiting today.
@Karen~I’m glad you enjoyed the photos.
@Michelle~I’m so glad you came by today and that it caused you to rejoice. Please come by again for a visit.
@Mary~Praise God for His blessings. I am so glad to hear that you are coming out of a spiritual desert. All that you have learned will bless others and strengthen you.
@Linda~Thank you for coming by and your precious comments about the photos and the writing. I treasure that.
@Susan~It is good to remember that He is with us through every season.
From My Heart to Each One of Your Hearts,
I love it! Especially now that I know the history! : ) And, I’m pretty sure you’ll be teaching ME on Saturday! You’re terrific! Love the colors on that barrel cactus. God is an amazing artist!
Thanks, Julie. I’m looking forward to our photo excursion.
From My Heart to Yours,
Oh yes, … He satisfies every thirst.
I appreciate you, Janis!
Thank you, Jennifer.
It’s a blessing to have you here.
From My Heart to Your Heart,