a little drive through the desert

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.

 photos:  Andy Bruner, who got a new camera

photos:  Andy Bruner, who got a new camera

"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.

 Doe Mountain

Doe Mountain

 Cathedral Rock

Cathedral Rock

 Doe Mountain

Doe Mountain

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.

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