Doubting in the Desert

[I will be with you always]

They say that half the fun of the journey is getting there.  Well, I have to say, I love road trips.  I love watching the scenery change, with the windows down and wind whipping in my hair; the music turned up and the sun shining brightly, but let’s face it, that’s a pretty picture-perfect journey.   Wouldn’t it be grand if it were always so?

Life’s never that simple though; there are bumps in the road, delays, and even road blocks.  I remember at least one holiday that ended abruptly when car troubles turned us back in the direction of home.

Life’s journey is no different; smooth sailing can turn to rough seas that leave you drifting in search of solid ground, and mountain adventures can dip into valleys that open wide to parched desert land.

In that stillness, and in that silence, I’m learning how very easy it is to lose sight of what waits up ahead. I really didn’t think I was learning anything, but I was wrong; I  often am. In my impatience I look back longingly in the direction of those faithful mountain peeks, and I hastily forget the view.

I can’t see what’s in front of me for the dust in my eyes and a thirst that’s gone unquenched, but I know what I know, what I’ve seen, and where I’m heading.  It’s just how I’ll get there that’s uncertain.  It’s just the timing that’s unclear.

I find a cool place to rest, and I finish reading through the Book of Matthew.  These are Jesus’ words to His followers; and I count myself one of them.

“…You can be sure that I will be with you always.  I will continue with you until the end of the world.” 

–Matthew 28:20

Like a whisper on the wind is my Saviors voice; a gentle reminder; a loving word of comfort; a promise of unfailing love and unwavering loyalty.  Like a breath of fresh air, His words gently nudge me to remember what He’s taught me on the mountain top.

Thank you Lord Jesus.  Help me to set You always before me, even in the desert.

“Never doubt in the dark, what you’ve been told in the light.”  –Raymond Edman

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