Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Broom Tree...

"My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.
The Lord is your keeper; The Lord is your shade on your right hand.
The Lord will guard your going out and your coming in."
~Psalm 121:2,5,8a

I used to picture "shade in the desert" as humongous sequoia.
Upon standing the actual Negev Desert-
I quickly realized I was sorely mistaken.

Oh, there was shade my friends, but not exactly a comforting amount of it.

This is a broom tree.
This is the "shade" David writes about.

The sun literally beats you down out there.
Maybe you are "in that desert" today.
You can't imagine one more minute of this.
You're emotionally melting.

God is right there.
As close as your very own, stretched out, right hand.
Go ahead, reach up as far as you can.

He is never farther than that.

He promises to be,
"your shade on your right hand"
Please know that God has, God does and God will continue to give you just enough shade.
For the moment.
For the day.

It may not look like much from afar, but when you recognize it and "sit under it,"
you will is Him.
God "replaces broom trees" in our lives with....
With me.
With us.

We are to be the shade for one another.
Don't know what that looks like?

You might be surprised to know- it looks smaller than you think.
A text
A phone call.
An email.

"Therefore encourage one another and build each other up,
just as in fact you are doing." ~Thessalonians 5:11

God, Thank You for providing exactly the amount of shade we need.

In His Dust,


1 comment:

Dawn said...

great message Debbi! Thank you for sharing your heart.