Driving Through the Desert

A drive through the desert
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My husband’s job required him to go to California. On one of the trips, he decided to drive so that I could accompany him. We both love to drive places because it allows us to see the incredible diversity of landscapes across the USA. This trip would take us across the desert regions in New Mexico, Arizona and Nevada. He scouted out routes that allowed us some time to get off the freeways and onto back country roads. I felt a rush of excitement as we prepared to head out.

A Touch of Color

These journeys into rural and natural areas usually provide me some insights into my relationship with my Savior. This drive was no different. At one roadside stop in the middle of this parched and dusty land, I noticed a patch of brilliant purple. I walked over to investigate the item and found a brightly colored weed growing up through the dry, red clay earth. The contrast in color between the dirt and the plant made it stand out even more. A verse in Isaiah came to mind as I gazed out over the desert as saw the blooms.

A Drive through the desert
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The Powerful Winds

The drive continued onward. The next roadside stop brought us face to face with enormous boulders eroded by the wind over the years. The patterns of the erosion etched in the face of the rock revealed the destructive power of the winds in the area. 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 daily. I pondered the verse from John of how we don’t know where the wind comes from or where it goes.

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A drive through the desert
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God in Our Daily Surroundings

Many things I saw during 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 most 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?

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Blessings,

Yvonne – #blogger, #speaker, and #author

Matthew 28:19 “Therefore, GO and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”

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26 thoughts on “Driving Through the Desert

  1. His creations are amazing. God gives us so many wonderful things to enjoy. Pausing and listening and looking for His messages through creation blesses us.

  2. Wow. That wind-struck rock! Just a few weeks ago we did a National Parks loop from California to Arizona to Utah and back. I’m amazed at how much the scenery changes and how creative our God is. There were lots of interesting and crazy weird terrains and formations. God truly is vast in personality and care.

    1. Yvonne

      He is so amazing. I love those areas of the country because it is so different from my flat Oklahoma. God provides us such much diversity for us to enjoy. Thanks and God bless

  3. God does declare his glory through the created world, and that’s one of the reasons why it amazes me so much that some people can’t see God‘s hand in it. I’m glad you’re not one of those people! We can find God in these moments when we focus on him. Thank you for the reminders!

    1. Yvonne

      Thank you Lisa. I really can’t understand how some people can see God’s hand all around us daily. God bless

  4. Love the pictures and hearing the truths God revealed to you on your travels. I try to make it a habit to find joy throughout the day, to see God’s beauty around me. The more I look, the more I see Him and His glory. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Yvonne

      Seek and you shall find, the more we look the more God reveals. He is so faithful to us. Thanks and God bless

  5. Emily Saxe | To Unearth

    I love the truth that the powerful winds revealed to you. We cannot withstand the trials of this world without God. I don’t know how people do it when they aren’t leaning on Jesus! Thanks for sharing your wisdom with us!

  6. Jessica Brodie

    Thank you, Yvonne! Great blog. One of my favorite things about travel is the way I can see God’s creation in such new and different ways. It’s amazing!

  7. Love how much you noticed God in His creation and landscapes on this trip, Yvonne. The bloom in the dessert, the winds, and finding God…reflecting on Christ in our daily surroundings!

    1. Yvonne

      Thanks Karen for visiting and commenting. I always appreciate your thoughts. You are an great inspiration. God bless

  8. Like you, I love to see Christ at work in his creation. My heart is deeply impacted by my time gazing at his work. Another thing that draws me to him is time with people I love, noticing the gifts God has given them and feeling gratitude in my heart for them. One more thing is to seek the Lord daily in His Word, spending time with him always impacts my heart. These three things are used powerfully by God in my life. Thanks for sharing and for asking us!

  9. I loved this post, Yvonne! The beauty you found in the desert, was truly incredible! One of the sweetest joys for me, is to see God’s hand at work in the beauty of His creation. Your scripture connections and spiritual truths were truly profound. Who could imagine that wind-whipped rock boulder could be so fascinating and be an artistic sculpture all its own? Thank you for sharing!

  10. This time of year makes me marvel at God’s kindness simply in having created color. He didn’t have to give us all the vivid flowers–or give us the ability to see them.

    But He did.

    Such a great, kind, loving God.

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