A Drive Through the Desert

My husband needed to go to California for his job. He decided to drive so that I could accompany him on the trip. We both love to drive places so we can see the incredible diversity of landscapes across the USA. This trip would take us across the desert regions in New Mexico, Arizona and Nevada. We scouted out routes that would allow us some time to get off the freeways and into the back country roads. I felt a rush of excitement as we prepared to head out.

These journeys into nature usually provide me some insights into my relationship with my Savior and this one was no different. At a roadside stop in the middle of a dry and dusty land, I noticed a patch of brilliant purple nearby. I walked over to inspect the item and found a patch of brightly colored weeds growing up through the dry, red clay earth. The contrast in color between the dirt and the plant made it even more beautiful. The verse in Isaiah came to mind as I glanced out over the desert.

The drive continued onward. The next stop brought us face to face with giant boulders eroded by the wind. The patterns etched in the face of the rock revealed the power of the winds over time to damage the stone. If a massive stone could not stand against the winds of change, then I knew I could not either. God was in the wind that shapes and changes our lives on a daily basis. I pondered the verse from John of how we don’t know where the wind comes from or where it goes.

If a massive stone could not stand against the winds of change, then I knew I could not either. Click To Tweet

Everything I saw around me on this drive made me reflect on Christ. His incredible strength as seen in the winds. The beauty He provides in the wildness for us to see and enjoy. His intense love for us because He created all these things just for our pleasure, His creation. Christ is all around us every day if we stop and take the time to notice Him. I notice Him when I get away from the daily grind like on this trip. But now, I need to get more intentional about seeing Him day after day in my surroundings. What can each of us do differently do find Christ in our daily busyness? What can each of us do differently do find Christ in our daily busyness?. Click To Tweet


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9 thoughts on “A Drive Through the Desert

  1. mimionlife – Writer of inspirational messages, sometimes laced with humor.

    I love how you noticed the beautiful purple flowers. God gives us many blessings to enjoy if we just take time and pause and receive the blessings.

  2. Annie Rim – Denver – Welcome! I live in Colorado with my family and have taught in the classroom, at an art museum, and now in the playroom. I reflect about life, faith, and books here on my blog.
    Annie Rim

    Oh, I connect with this! Moab, UT is about 6 hours from us and one of my favorite places to go. When we enter the red rock landscape, I feel my soul exhale a bit. Even though I know God is with me at all times, no matter the scenery, I also remember that when life is stressful the desert heals. I’m thankful for a Creator who has given us such varied and beautiful landscapes!

  3. Sometimes in the dusty parts of our lives, God shows up in beautiful ways. I love the color purple in this experience as purple is for royalty. From the barren parts of the earth (and our life) Jesus is still King of kings, Lord of lords, and Master of our life. Beautiful post!

  4. Wow! Beautiful imagery and great analogy. Love this, “If a massive stone could not stand against the winds of change, then I knew I could not either. God was in the wind that shapes and changes our lives on a daily basis.“

  5. Christina – United States – I am a writer, wife, and mom. God has lit a passion in me for pursuing thoughtful parenting. I am a seeker and investigator that likes to challenge the status quo. Also founder of Finally Family Homes - a ministry serving kids who are aging out of the foster care system in LA.

    So beautiful! Those purple flowers ARE stunning! And that rock is something to look at. I’m definitely on to bypass beauty more often than not.

    I’ve been working in a rose garden lately at my kids’ school… I’ve taken to telling people to stop and enjoy the roses! They’ve been a lot of work and are pretty amazing and not all that hard to miss – but still they get missed with all the busyness – especially coming and going at school… our focus is particularly on “what’s next”

    All that to say that it does take being intentional… pulling over to stop and see the beauty of creation and admiring the Creator.

  6. How beautiful it is that you were able to see Christ reflected all around you! I love how you said God is in the winds that change people. We so fear the wind and the change, but in reality, God shapes us if we don’t turn away from Him.

  7. ordinarilyextraordinarymom – New Orleans, LA – My name is Brittany Bonnaffons, and I feel like I should have life figured out by now. I also feel like the world judges us by unrealistic standards. I have dedicated this blog to challenging standards and instead embracing yourself for who you are - ordinarily extraordinary.

    I love seeing the beauty of God in nature. It truly is breath taking and life changing. No wonder Jesus so often went by Himself in nature when He needed alone time to communicate with His Heavenly Father.

  8. Melinda Viergever Inman – earth – Raised on the Oklahoma plains in a storytelling family, Melinda now spins tales from her writer's cave in the South. Her fiction illustrates our human story, wrestling with our brokenness and the storms that wreak havoc in our lives. Find her at http://melindainman.com.
    Melinda Viergever Inman

    Nature is so restorative! Thank you for sharing these beautiful reflections on lessons about God revealed in nature!

  9. Edna Davidsen – Greenland – How to use Twitter? ★ Twitter Expert ★ Twitter Consulting ★ Twitter Trainer ★ Twitter Coach ★ Personal Branding ★ Social Media Marketing ★ Christian Blogger ★ Jesus Follower ★ Webdesign ★ Web-developing
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    Hi Yvonne!

    Those are some beautiful images you’ve put into this blog post. It awesome to be able to take a drive like that with your husband. The way you combine your trip with faith made it a lovely post.

    Edna Davidsen

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