Death Valley and dry souls

Death Valley is an expansive desert in California known for its extremes. It is one of the hottest, lowest and driest places on the face of the earth! It’s landscape is unusually dry and hard and cracked.

Summer temperatures average well over 100 degrees Fahrenheit and it holds the record for the highest recorded temperature in the Western Hemisphere at 134 degrees Fahrenheit.

It boasts the lowest point in the Western Hemisphere with one spot that measures 282 feet below the level of the sea! And it is the driest place in all of North America with an average rainfall of only 1.96 inches a year!

No wonder they call it Death Valley!

But in 2005 a rare torrential downpour left the area with some 8 inches of rain! This unusual deposit of moisture caused the dormant seeds of various desert flowers to germinate, grow and flourish.

Sometimes I get tired of doing good because it seems to not bear any fruit. People can sometimes seem so cold and callous and barren. But I know I’m not the first one to feel this way.

Paul wrote in two different letters to encourage followers of Jesus to not grow weary or lose heart in doing good because there would eventually be a harvest to reap. (Galatians 6:9 and 2 Thessalonians 3:13) The prophet Isaiah recorded this promise of God:

“For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants. They will spring up like grass in a meadow, like poplar trees by flowing streams.” ~ Isaiah 44:3-4 (NIV)

We never know when a seed of kindness or forgiveness planted in someones heart will be watered by God’s love and grace to bring forth new life. So how do we keep from getting discouraged? By fixing our eyes on Jesus!

“Think about Jesus’ example. He held on while wicked people were doing evil things to him. So do not get tired and stop trying.” ~ Hebrews 12:3 (NCV)

Jesus knows what it is to deal with dry and crusty hearts. He knows better than we do how barren and desolate a soul can become. But He wants us to…

…keep planting seeds!

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4 responses to “Death Valley and dry souls

  1. julie

    how weird, today….. I just invited a friend to our Christmas Eve service. I dont want to be negative but I really doubt if he will come but I thought I would plant that seed and see anyway.

  2. monica Hamill

    had to come back and read again! just love this. It refreshes me

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