About 18 years ago, my husband and I led a group of young people to Northern Africa. During our 4 weeks there, it was hot. It was dusty. It was oppressive. About halfway through our trip, our host took us on a little road trip. We cruised in Land Rovers through the Sahara Desert until we came to an oasis. I had never seen anything like it. It was sand and camels as far as the eye could see until we stumbled upon cool water and lush green trees. In the midst of this tan backdrop, nestled this refreshing oasis. The color scheme and temperature changed instantly. It didn’t make sense how this new climate sprang up and survived in the scorching desert heat. When I read Isaiah 43:19, my memories take me back to this scene from many years ago. Click over to Tommy Nelson to for a scripture study on this passage.
Jesus makes it very clear in the parables that children are precious and that if we want to witness the splendor of heaven, we must become like children. It’s no surprise, then, that God would use kids to do big things for Him. Click over to Tommy Nelson to read the story of God using a young child at the laundry mat in the Atlanta ghetto…
PS: Came across the photo above of the time we were at the Grand Canyon, and Emma Grace was so scared. That dropoff is big!
We really do live in a beautiful place, don’t we? I was reminded of that recently when we went to the Blyde River Canyon and it took my breath away. Read my post on God’s Awesome Beautiful Design of the Earth over at Tommy Nelson and let me know what sights have taken your breath away by their sheer beauty.
A couple of weeks ago, my Facebook feed blew up with back to school photos as it does every year. That’s when I know my North American friends are sending their kids off for another year of learning. It’s always new and exciting while also sometimes filled with sadness as our babies spend the majority of their days away from us. I’ve put together a whole list of prayer points for the new school year over at Tommy Nelson. Do click over and check out the simple words that will transform your child’s year!