My time in the Desert

Being from California, I would never have imagined in a thousand years I could be captivated by the desert, especially the low desert with the endless summer heat. And yet, after I had lived here a few years it started to reveal itself to me in a way being here for a short time never would have done. I have learned that every place has it’s own special mark of God, it’s own wondrous beauty. As I walk the hiking trails here I can almost imagine hearing the voice of John the Baptist echoing off the canyon walls……..A voice crying in the wilderness, “Prepare the way of the Lord.”

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A voice is calling,
“Clear the way for the Lord in the wilderness;
Make smooth in the desert a highway for our God.

“Let every valley be lifted up,
And every mountain and hill be made low;
And let the rough ground become a plain,
And the rugged terrain a broad valley;

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Then the glory of the Lord will be revealed,
And all flesh will see it together;
For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”
A voice says, “Call out.”

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Then he answered, “What shall I call out?”
All flesh is grass, and all its loveliness is like the flower of the field.
The grass withers, the flower fades,
When the breath of the Lord blows upon it;

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Surely the people are grass.
The grass withers, the flower fades,
But the word of our God stands forever.

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Get yourself up on a high mountain,
O Zion, bearer of good news,
Lift up your voice mightily,
O Jerusalem, bearer of good news;
Lift it up, do not fear.
Say to the cities of Judah,
“Here is your God!”

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Who has measured the waters in the hollow of His hand,
And marked off the heavens by the span,
And calculated the dust of the earth by the measure,
And weighed the mountains in a balance
And the hills in a pair of scales?

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Who has directed the Spirit of the Lord,
Or as His counselor has informed Him?

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With whom did He consult and who gave Him understanding?
And who taught Him in the path of justice and taught Him knowledge
And informed Him of the way of understanding?
Behold, the nations are like a drop from a bucket,
And are regarded as a speck of dust on the scales;
Behold, He lifts up the islands like fine dust.

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Do you not know? Have you not heard?
Has it not been declared to you from the beginning?
Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?

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It is He who sits above the circle of the earth,
And its inhabitants are like grasshoppers,
Who stretches out the heavens like a curtain
And spreads them out like a tent to dwell in.
He it is who reduces rulers to nothing,

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Lift up your eyes on high
And see who has created these stars,
The One who leads forth their host by number,
He calls them all by name;
Because of the greatness of His might and the strength of His power,
Not one of them is missing.

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Do you not know? Have you not heard?
The Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth
Does not become weary or tired.
His understanding is inscrutable.

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His understanding is inscrutable.
He gives strength to the weary,
And to him who lacks might He increases power.

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Though youths grow weary and tired,
And vigorous young men stumble badly,
Yet those who wait for the Lord
Will gain new strength;
They will mount up with wings like eagles,
They will run and not get tired,
They will walk and not become weary.

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I hope you enjoyed my little corner of the world. All photos were taken by me in or around where I used to live.

Christ our Passover.....

All Scripture passages taken from Isaiah Chapter 40………

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2 thoughts on “My time in the Desert

  1. I love your blog! It is beautiful, simple and elegant all at once! Your photos speak volumes and your topics are grand. I love words and birds and skies that look as though the Lord is going to appear any moment! So enjoyed stopping by. Thank you. Continued Blessings, Carole

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