Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Streams in the Desert

I try to read my Streams in the Desert devotional every day - I found my first copy in my parent's basement in their home on L.I. about 24 yrs. ago - I was heading back to Texas to pack up our home and move back to L.I. and started reading it while my husband drove the really big U-Haul and my sister drove her red Phoenix with the dog and the cat and everything else we couldn't fit in the truck - I took turns riding with them both.

We stayed overnight in a motel and on the morning of August 22 I got up early and went in the bathroom to read the selection for that day - I have never forgotten what it meant to me. I am now on my third copy - hardcover - it is not a "happy - rainbow - doves flying - everything is love" devotional - it is very realistic - filled with hard truths - anyway I read this the other morning in my Streams in the Desert devotional and think it is a good definition of what faith really is:

Trusting -
even when it appears you have been forsaken;

Praying -
when it seems your words are simply entering a vast expanse where no one hears and no voice answers;

Believing -
that God's love is complete and that He is aware of your circumstances, even when your world seems to grind on as if setting its own direction and not caring for life or moving one inch in response to your petitions;

Desiring -
only what God's hands have planned for you

Waiting patiently -
while seemingly starving to death, with your only fear being that your faith might fail -

"this is the victory that has overcome the world" I John 5:4; this is genuine faith indeed.

George MacDonald

2 comments:

Chief Rock Chef said...

it is not a "happy - rainbow - doves flying - everything is love" devotional

I like that - life is not like that and I seriously feel that the expectation that it should be leads to a lot of problems!

This sounds like a great book. Thanks for sharing!

kenady said...

Just from what you wrote you can tell this is a more realistic devotional. It does sometimes feel like your petitions are not answered and you do fear that your faith will fail you. Thank you for sharing. I may have to look see if I can find one of these books.