Streams in the Desert
When it rains, we do indeed get streams in the desert. (I refuse to call Tucson a wasteland.) Water flowing in the arroyos and washes in southern Arizona is a great refreshment. The plants begin to green-up and flower. It doesn't take much rain to make the flowers all through town and the surrounding countryside to burst forth in splendor. When the desert is dry, it appears to be a desolate, lifeless place, but add a little rain and some of the most striking flowers bloom in bright colors. The same happens in our lives. When we are going through a "dry spell," when we have not been close to God, we can appear desolate and lifeless, much like those who don't know Jesus Christ. But when we spend time with Him, in prayer and in the Word, we burst forth in the beauty of His love and appear as lively and colorful as the brightest of desert blooms. So, let's keep blossoming; let's keep in prayer and in the Word. The world needs the beauty and love of people in close touch with Jesus.
"See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland." (NIV).