Driving Through the Desert

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.

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

    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.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      Thanks Melissa. I really appreciate you visiting and commenting

  2. authordlv – Christian writer, author, blogger. Visit my site at https://www.stephendelavega.com.
    Stephen De La Vega

    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 – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      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. Linda Sammaritan – For years, Linda Sammaritan tried to be perfect wife, perfect mother, perfect teacher. She crammed so many activities into her days that twenty-four hours couldn’t possibly hold them all – perfectly. She now lives by the motto, “relentlessly eliminate hurry.” This year, Linda and her husband celebrated forty-three years of marriage. Since their three sons don’t live nearby, Linda, now retired, takes time to visit her seven grandchildren several times a year before they grow up and start adventures of their own. Read more of her blogs at http://www.scriblerians.com/.
    Linda Sammaritan

    I love how the Lord shows us life lessons through His creation!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      Me too. Thanks and God bless

  4. Lisa Q – USA Midwest – Lisa Quintana blogs at ThinkDivinely, and also for the Women in Apologetics (WIA) ministry, where she currently serves as Vice Chair of Communications. ​Lisa also has her M.A. in Christian Apologetics from Biola University, a B.A. in Communications (with news media emphasis) from Cal State University, Fullerton, and an A.A. in Christian Studies from Christian Life College, Illinois. Her articles have appeared in several Christian ministry sites. She teaches apologetics at her church in Wisconsin. She’s been involved in leading small group ministries for over 25 years, and recently began speaking at Christian conferences. Find Lisa on Twitter at @LisaQthinks.
    Lisa Quintana

    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 – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

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

  5. lisamurrayblog – lisamurrayonline.com – Lisa is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Nashville, Tennessee. She received an undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University and a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Trevecca University. A former of the worship team for the Women of Faith Conference, Lisa founded the Counseling Ministry at Grace Chapel Leipers Fork where, in addition to therapy services, she coordinates the family ministry programs, including Dynamic Marriage, Love & Respect, Parenting with Love and Logic, and Celebrate Recovery. Lisa specializes in individual healing and growth as well as relationship issues. In her writing and speaking Lisa enjoys exploring the topics of spiritual and emotional wholeness in people's lives and relationships. She and her husband live in Franklin, TN.
    Lisa Murray

    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 – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

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

  6. 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!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      Thanks Emily. I wish the world could understand how much they need Jesus. God bless

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      It is so amazing to see God’s handiwork. His love for us is also amazing. Thanks and God bless

  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 – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

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

  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

    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!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      You are so very welcome and thanks for your faithfulness to your calling. God bless

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      Thank you Beth. God bless

  9. Melissa McLaughlin – From an early age, the beauty of nature and love of family pointed me to One who is greater, the Creator and Lover of my soul, Jesus. My writing is inspired by His Word and His Spirit. During the most desperate times of my life, I learned to use scripture prayers to be my voice when I had no voice. To find out more about my passionate prayer journey, check out my book "In Dark of Times When Words Fail, Voice of Jesus Pray for Me." Follow along and join me in this journey of loving Jesus!
    Melissa McLaughlin

    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!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      Thanks Melissa. Our God is a master artist. God bless

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      Thanks for visiting and commenting Mayte. God bless

  10. Nancy E. Head – United States – Writer and teacher Nancy E. Head was a single mother with five children under the age of 14 when she attended Penn State to earn a bachelor’s degree in English and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Her career took a journalistic turn from radio news to newspaper reporting, then education before she returned to the classroom to secure a master’s degree in English from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Currently an instructor at Penn State Altoona and Great Commission Schools, she also spent two summers teaching English in Asia and is a Distinguished Toastmaster. When not teaching or writing, she restores antique quilts, crafts projects for her grandchildren, and helps her husband lead a small group at their church devoted to ministering to the needy in their community.
    nancyehead

    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.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      Amen Nancy. God bless

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