Thursday, December 8, 2011

Thursday Travels... deserts

Carefree, AZ ~ photo by Sharon
"You should not see the desert simply as some faraway place of little rain. There are many forms of thirst."
~ William Langewiesche ~

     I've lived in several different types of deserts... Arizona was my first that I remember, and it is a beautiful, living desert. While it may be dry and dusty at times, it has unique plants, insects, birds and animals that bring unexpected color to the desert. Not to mention the sunsets...

     In California, I lived in the High Desert, north of Los Angeles. Whereas Arizona had a "living" desert, the desert of that part of California was not one I would even consider to be alive. But surprisingly, there were times when I found unexpected life and color. Did you know that tumbleweeds have flowers on them in the spring? Yearling lambs would frolic in the alfalfa fields, and in the fall the onion harvest would make the air smell like French onion soup.

     Here in Texas, the desert gives way to hills filled with White Cedar, oak and evergreen trees. If you look closely you can sometimes catch sight of deer, or a thin creek winding through the hills.

     Water is a rare commodity in the desert, especially here in Texas this year after a horrible drought. Plants and animals thirst for it. Farmers pray for it. The ground can be so dry and parched that when the rain does finally come, the soil doesn't know what to do with it.

     We thirst for water... for knowledge... for success... for love. Our spirit thirsts to be refreshed, our soul to be fed, our heart to be filled. All we have to do is ask to be refreshed in the springs...

16 ‘Never again will they hunger; 
never again will they thirst. 
The sun will not beat down on them,’ 
nor any scorching heat. 
17 For the Lamb at the center of the throne 
will be their shepherd; 
‘he will lead them to springs of living water.’ 
‘And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.’”
~ Revelation 7:16-17 ~

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