Morning In The Desert

It was just before sunrise. Were there clouds in the sky? I ran to the window. There were the earliest gray shadows of huge billowing clouds were filling the sky. I just knew there would be a beautiful rainbow of colors this morning. In the California desert, when there are clouds, a beautiful glow is almost certainly going to appear.

So I grabbed my Nikon D810 and my Sony A6000, a Nikkor 50mm lens, and my tripod, and drove to one of my favorite locations to shoot the sunrise.

The glow of color was already moving through the clouds and I could see I had maybe two minutes to capture this beauty before it would fade away. So I took both cameras and began taking images with my Sony A6000. Then, I composed with my Nikon D810 and captured some more. And within a few minutes, the glow of orange, pink, and red was gone, and the clouds were gray. The beauty did come. But I had to seek it out early and I was rewarded for my effort. But as quickly as it was there in the morning, it soon gave way to the bright white light of the rising sun. Then there were more beautiful images of another kind that I captured with my Nikon D810.

When I returned home and thought about my experience out there at sunrise, I thought about how this imitates our life of faith. There are times when we see the beauty of the Lord, we experience Him in new and deeper ways as He reveals Himself to us in His Word, and our circumstances seem small viewed in the towering landscape of our great God. Those times are like morning in the desert when God paints color all across the sky.

But then there are times when all is seemingly gray, the sun is high in the sky, and the heat is sweltering, and the weight of the world seems to rest on our shoulders. These are the times when we realize in a new way what it means to “walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7).

I have been thinking a lot about faith over the last couple of years. I wrote the book, Walk On Water Faith — Discovering Power In The Promises Of God. And, not surprisingly, since writing the book, the Lord showed me in new ways what life outside the boat is really like. We really do walk by faith not by sight. And life outside the boat often means our physical visibility is extremely limited. We can’t seem to understand how all that is happening could possibly work into God’s plan for our lives. We can’t see any color in the sky or glow across the landscape of life. Here’s where we need to learn faith again and hold on to God’s promises as never before. Our sights must be firm, fixed on Jesus.

Mrs. Charles Cowman speaks of this experience as the discipline of faith —

Keep on believing God’s Word; never be moved away from it by what you see or feel, and thus as you stand steady, enlarged power and experience is being developed. The fact of looking at the apparent contradiction as to God’s Word and being unmoved from your position of faith make you stronger on every other line. Often God delays purposely, and the delay is just as much an answer to your prayer as is the fulfillment when it comes. In the lives of all the great Bible characters, God worked thus. Abraham, Moses and Elijah were not great in the beginning, but were made great through the discipline of their faith, and only thus were they fitted for the positions to which God had called them…When God has spoken of His purpose to do, and yet the days go on and He does not do it, that is truly hard; but it is a discipline of faith that will bring us into a knowledge of God which would otherwise be impossible.
Mrs. Charles Cowman in Streams In The Desert

Are you in a discipline of faith right now? Be encouraged that God is bringing you into a knowledge of Himself which would otherwise be impossible. And remember, there is always a new morning in the desert. David encourages us all with his words: “Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning” (Psalm 30:5 NLT).

Just when you need Him most, the Lord paints new color across the sky and a glow of light comes on the horizon, and He gives you strength and comfort to face the day. So draw near to Him now, dear friend, and find those magnificent promises in His Word that feed your heart and soul.

♥ Blessings and Grace to You!


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… for we walk by faith, not by sight.
2 Corinthians 5:7

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  • Title: Morning In The Desert
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  • Description: At the glow of sunrise in early morning in Palm Desert, California, USA.
  • Creator: Catherine Martin
  • Date Created: 05/14/16
  • Camera: Sony A6000, Zeiss 16-70mm, FL 38mm, ISO 1250, f/4, 1/160sec.
  • Photoshoot: myPhotoWalk Photo Shoot in Palm Desert, California, USA.
  • Post-Processing: Adobe Camera Raw, Adobe Photoshop, Nik Software, Topaz Software, OnOne Software.
  • Copyright ©2018 Catherine Martin — myPhotoWalk™ — Quiet Time Ministries. All Rights Reserved.
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