The angel Go found her by a spring of water in the wilderness, the spring on the way to Shur. --Genesis 16:7
Whenever there is a spring in the midst of the desert, we know that God is not very far away. The desert, so parched, so barren, so apparently lifeless, is an apt metaphor for the way that life can sometimes affect us. Situations happen in our lives that make us feel as if we have been cast into a vast, desolate and inhospitable environment. We are without nourishment or hope, left to wallow in our mild angst or our deep suffering. We know ourselves to be the victims of others’ flawed actions, and we feel helpless to halt the victimization. Our heart can feel as hot as the fiery sand under the blazing sun, or as unsettled as the whirling sand gathering at the slightest brush of wind.
Then all of a sudden – there they are. There in the emptiness, by a spring of the clearest, coolest water, the comforting angels come. Knowing the turmoil of our soul, they come to tend the tension, to unloose the knots that have formed, to calm the disorder we feel inside. It is always a surprise and a relief when we detect their presence. We know at once that there is no wasteland so vast to keep us from being hugged by heaven. Are you poised to lift your heart when you perceive the comforting angels' gentle company?
O God, when life has cast me into the wilderness and my eyes are closed in sadness, drop your blessing upon me and raise me up.
These meditations by Renee Miller first appeared at explorefaith.org
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