Reflections from the Desert

Psalm-63After spending our first night in Jerusalem, we had a long day of going around the wilderness starting again with a drive along the Dead Sea to Engedi where David hid in a cave and Saul came in to relieve himself.   You remember the story that David could have killed Saul as his men wanted him to do but instead cut off a piece of his robe.  David called out to Saul when he was a safe distance away.  Saul acknowledged David was to be king and was more righteous than he was.

I was struck at how dry, deserted and (from my point of view) how impossible it would be for one traveler much less 500+ people to stay on the move away from Saul.  The canyons are like the Grand Canyon only not as big.  Travel on foot is difficult at best.  Water is scarce or non-existant.  Only the most skilled can stay alive.  David had much time to think, pray and write songs.  One Psalm stood out to me yesterday.

“O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you/ my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.” (Ps 63:1) 

I felt David’s emotions just looking at the browns and tans of the desert.  What little green there was still had a tan look of almost dead plants.  All because of lack of water.  As David thirsted for water so he thirsted for God.  What a real and heart felt drive to know God!

Today we go to the Mount of Olives and then to the City of David.

Continue to pray for me.  This is pilgrimage for me to seek Him and His ways.

Amazed at His Grace,

Stacy

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