Thursday meditation moment: Do you see beauty in the desert?
Paul reminded the Corinthians how their ancestors went through the exile and gave into their temptations while in the desert. During our lives, we experience desert time when everything seems bleak, and it is easy to feel as if we are living in a dead desert.
The Arizona desert experienced an extraordinary amount of rainfall this winter, and the results are showing in the form of an explosion of color. A friend moved from Arizona to Minnesota last fall. I watched her post pictures of snow, bare trees, and a selfie of herself wrapped up in a parka coat with a scarf tightly tied around her neck and face. She didn’t complain, but I could tell she was missing the beauty and warmth of the desert.
This week, my friend took her granddaughter back to Arizona for Spring break. Not only did she get a reprieve from the snow, wind, and cold days of winter, she was able to hike in the mountains and take photos of the glorious wild-flower color show—more color than she said she had ever seen during the many years she lived in the desert.
We have to work on creating a new “color show” for our own lives, live with hope, and wait for it to bloom right before our eyes.
Thank you, Lord, for leading us out of the desert through your love and grace. Amen.
Actual pictures of the desert taken by my friend who was happy to share them.