Wednesday, December 26, 2007


Psalm 63:1 O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water.

Psalm 78:15
He split the rocks in the desert and gave them water as abundant as the seas

Once I was taken away in a vision by God to a place that we would call "desert". I was walking in a dry and arid place. My feet kicked up dirt and all around me were rock, dirt and sky. I asked God "What kind of place is this?" He told me to "Turn around." I turned to look and behind me laid a beautiful garden. Lush,full of vegetation,and water in abundance.

"What am I to make of this?" I asked God. "You are always walking into the desert, but, you leave behind you a garden." Then the vision was over.

I immedeatly felt wrong. To me and my narrow mind, I thought that I was missing the boat. That I was one step ahead of God. Or that I was just missing God by one step. It appeared to me that God was showing me that I was lacking and not flourishing.

But, I was listening to Satan's lies. What God was really showing me was that "we, as His children, walk in the desert (earth) daily and when we minister,His love, a forest grows up where we have walked. This forest feeds the people, giving them nursishment to walk through their own desert.

My husband and I took a 1500 mile trip on our Harley a few years back. We went to the desert. I love the desert,, he had never been. We will never go back. He hated it. On our trip, we stopped and took a hike back to some Indian ruins. We could see the ruins from the road and thought it was a short hike, so off we went. Our only nourshment, a can of Pepsi.

The hike turned out to be a 2 mile journey in the heat of the day. He, my husband, likes to tell people about a rabbit that we found on the way. The rabbit was so hot that it didn't move when we walked up on it. We stood about 2 feet from it as it panted in the heat. We, of course, survived and have kept that Pepsi can as a suvener of our trip across the desert.

What kind of noursishment do you have to survive on? "Daily", the Lord says, we walk through the desert. Are you daily, getting your nourishment from the Word of God. Do you put on your hiking boots, and get "fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace." Ephesians 6:15. Are you leaving people with nouerishment or are you leaving them to find their own way through a dry and arid place.

God has given you purpose and one is to plant that forest everywhere that you go. To share His might and promises. To give life to the dieing by giving them nourishment. The Word of God nourishment to the dead and dieing.


Anonymous said...

You may be walking in the desert...BUT every where you walk, you "leave a trail". You leave "The Garden", His Garden, The Garden of Eden as you walk by! Why...because you seek our Father's face and His Glory follows you and touches others, continually.

Given55 said...

Very gracious comment Anonymous. Thank you.

Enemy of the Republic said...

Wow! I needed to read this. I am currently reading about the early Christian mystics who did live in the desert to find and contemplate God. I find it amazing that you had this vision. It makes sense to me. What do I do for nourishment? Probably not enough, but more than I ever have in my walk with God. I think things that many in the body find wrong, but I don't see them as wrong, but different. What is God's garden? A place where many plants can grow. We don't just want roses, do we?

Given55 said...

Enemy of the republic,
I believe, with everything I've got, that God will reveal to you if your thoughts are out of line with Him. He made you to think different so that He can use you to minister to the different. Yes, I sure don't just want roses. As a matter of fact, God uses those thorns some times to teach us the prickly things. Thanks for the comment.

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful vision!

God is good!

Given55 said...

Daily Spirit,
I must agree.