Lent 2014 Day 15 // Humility

Image by Melissa Clayton

Image by Melissa Clayton

Job 1:21, James 4:10, 1 John 2:17, Matthew 24:35, Genesis 22:1-19

If you had told me last year that I would come to love the desert, I would’ve laughed.

But it’s true. There is great mystery, deep passion, and exquisite beauty in what was once, millions and millions of years ago, a vast ocean.

I’ve admired the sides of mountains where traces of strong ocean currents once flowed. To think that giant sea creatures frolicked in waves that have now dried and left the earth cracked and scorched in the hot sun — it’s truly humbling to see that the Lord gives and takes away.

If there is one thing to take away from the barren seasons we experience, it’s humility.

It’s the grace of God magnified. His mercy displayed. His strength made perfect. His love fulfilled.

In the desert is where we realize our own strength cannot carry us through the fires + temptations. Where only the Living Water can sustain us. Not the things of this world that will all soon fade away.

When you’re left with nothing like Job, you can find love in the Lord.

When you’re tempted like Jesus, you can find peace in the Lord.

When you’re tested like Abraham, you can find grace in the Lord.

It’s humility throughout these trials and seasons of drought + waiting that God can be glorified.

When we are completely, totally dependent on Him that He can work His wonders.

When we are cracked, barren, and dry can He fill us with His Living Water, His Holy Spirit — and His Love can overflow, His Light shine.

The beauty of our deserts is the works of our faithful + merciful God.

Peace be with you, my gorgeous faithful sister.