Last weekend, Andy and I took a little drive through the desert. We were kid-less for the weekend, so we scooped up a few frequent flyer miles and, 2 hours flying, 2 hours driving later, we were hiking the red rocks of Sedona, AZ.
"The desert" so often symbolizes a place of desolation and difficulty.
A dry and weary land, where there is no water, as the psalmist says (Psalm 63:1).
But for me, last weekend anyway, the desert was a place of serenity and spectacular beauty.
Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen. He named it Ebenezer, saying, "Thus far the LORD has helped us." (I Samuel 7:12)
Sometimes by cool waters, and sometimes in the desert.
When I see, and when it's dark.
When I know for sure, and when I doubt.
Every step, all the way.
Thus far, the LORD has helped us.