“Hitherto hath the Lord helped us.” (I Samuel 7:12)
So let us call out to each other through the darkness, till the gloom becomes vocal with many voices, encouraging the pilgrim host. Let the echoes gather till a very storm of Hallelujahs break in thundering waves around the sapphire throne, and then as the morning breaks we shall find ourselves at the margin of the sea of glass, crying, with the redeemed host, “Blessing and honor and glory be unto him that sitteth on the throne and to the Lamb forever and ever!” (Streams in the Desert excerpt)
“The land whither ye go to possess it is a land of hills and valleys and drinketh water of the rain of heaven: a land which the Lord thy God careth for: the eyes of the Lord thy God are always upon it, from the beginning of the year even unto the end of the year.” (Deuteronomy 11:11-12) (Streams in the Desert excerpt)
May God grant us victory as we go forward to possess the land He has already given to be ours – the abundant life He has promised, the overcoming life and ultimate reward someday. The varied landscape replete with hills and valleys and comforting streams provides challenges, successes, lessons, discoveries, surprises, and consequently should produce growth. Growth that renews our minds with the mind of Christ, and spurs us on to higher ground.
(Photos from our fall vacation to the Smoky Mountains)