Growth In The Desert

Have you experienced a disappointment that truly broke your heart?

It brings tears just at the thought of it.

I was on a myPhotoWalk quiet time out in the desert one morning recently, carrying my camera and talking with God about a particular disappointment. I stood for a few minutes just staring, oblivious to the surroundings. Then the details of the landscape became clearer — and I appreciated its beauty. As I shot this desert landscape, I was reminded by the Lord that there is growth even in the desert. He turned my focus to all the green in the midst of the heat and dryness.

He encouraged me that He is at work even when I am disappointed and I don’t understand. I looked at those patches of green, a tree, and some beautiful white flowers gracing the desert floor. The rock reminded me of the Lord as my rock, my refuge, even in the disappointments. And in the grand light of eternity, one disappointment is as a small pebble amidst the beauty and growth that God is working into my character.

The psalmist prays the prayer that fills my heart today —

As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God–Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.
Psalm 42:1-2, 5 NIV

We can hope in God even though there may still be pain in our soul. He has full rights and is entitled to lead any way He chooses. I am His servant. He promises to direct the steps of the godly (Psalm 37:23), and I am confident that He is leading in a different way than I imagined. He reminds me again to attach all my hopes and dreams to Him, not to things of the earth and this world.

I love what Warren Wiersbe say in The Bumps Are What We Climb On about disappointments in the context of Jeremiah, the Weeping Prophet —

God builds character in the disappointments of life and He also gives a witness. In the midst of his disappointments, Jeremiah bore witness to the Lord and gave His message to the people. By his preaching and his living, Jeremiah pointed others to God. Disappointments are not only opportunities for maturity, but they are also opportunities for ministry. We today have the writings of Jeremiah for our own learning and living because the prophet was faithful to God. When you accept disappointments, trust God, and yield to Him, you leave something behind to help others in the battles of life.
Warren Wiersbe

So today, dear friend, if you have just experienced a disappointment, look to the Lord and find His perspective in the midst of the emotion of it all. And you will begin to see growth in that desert, a flower here and some green brush there. Soon the dry places of your heart will be all covered with the beauty that comes from knowing the Lord and walking with Him, even in the desert. May you “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen” (2 Peter 3:18).

God bless you dear friend, as you continue on in the great adventure of knowing Him.

♥ Blessings and Grace to You!

Catherine

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  • Title: Growth In The Desert
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  • Description: On a desert morning sunrise myPhotoWalk with the Lord in Phoenix, Arizona USA, I captured this beautiful desert landscape.
  • Creator: Catherine Martin
  • Date Created: 03/22/14
  • Camera: Nikon D800E, 24.0-120.0 mm, Focal Length 38.0 mm, f/8.0, 1/160 sec, ISO 100.
  • Photoshoot: Morning PhotoShoot in Phoenix, Arizona, USA.
  • Post-Processing: Adobe Photoshop, Nik Software
  • Copyright ©2017 Catherine Martin — myPhotoWalk™ — Quiet Time Ministries. All Rights Reserved.
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