I took a long walk this morning.
When I started there were clouds and a gentle, cooling breeze. But then, the clouds disappeared and the sun blazed. The mercury climbed into the nineties. I scolded myself for not having brought along a hat.
After half an hour, perspiration poured down my face. Trees overhung the sidewalk about every 200 yards or so, and I looked forward to pausing a bit whenever I walked under their shade.
Even the cottontail bunnies were smarter than I am. They’d already sought shelter in the coolness of their dens.
But I trucked on, intent on completing my six-mile circuit.
At the halfway point, I went into a Starbucks and bought the biggest iced coffee they offer. I sat in the shade and re-hydrated before shoving off for the second three miles.
Were it not for the shade of trees and the knowledge that a coffee place offered liquid refreshment, I don’t know if I would have ventured on such a long walk.
Ancient Middle Eastern caravans used to travel from oasis to oasis in order to reach other cities. In those arid, sun-searing lands, their lifeline was the watering hole.
God sustains us in a similar way in our spiritual walk. How comforting to know that He knows our need and is quick to provide an Oasis: His Word.
Not just to read it, but to rely on it, for protection, provision, refreshment.
Turn to His Word daily, converse with Him and you’ll have a well-watered soul.
“As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.” (Psalm 42: 1,2 NIV Bible)