Miracles in the Desert

Though the Israelites were notorious for their grumbling in the desert, there was a time, early on, when they really got it right.  After the Lord had saved them from the hands of the Egyptians by parting the sea until each of them had safely passed through, and then covered all of the Egyptians with the great wall of water that led to their untimely demise.  After such a mighty display of unbridled power, the Israelites not only feared the Lord, but they placed their trust in Him, and in Moses, whom God had appointed to lead them.

Their response was one of worship, as they say a song unto the Lord.  Among the lines that stand out, is “The Lord is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation.  He is my God, and I will praise Him, my father’s God, and I will exalt Him.” – (Exodus 15:2)  Because they were in the midst of wandering in the desert, recording things in writing was not such a viable option.  However, reciting the remarkable in song, was a wonderful way to give thanks to the Lord, and to pass down the historical happenings of the people, as they celebrated the victory that God had granted.

All of us have seasons of wandering through the desert.  We must choose to either look for and celebrate the miraculous moments, despite the desolation around us; or we are left grumbling, perhaps missing out on the miracles, as our eyes and hearts are averted inward, rather than looking up.  When our hearts are set to worship the One who is with us, be it in the desert or in the lush valley, our awareness of what He is doing, tends to increase.  May we fix our eyes and hearts on Him, and let words of praise be ever-present on our lips.

Our strength and our song,Miracles in the Desert

in famine or feast;

the Lord God on high,

our hope to increase.

Present in dry lands,

He quenches our thirst;

with us in plenty,

as we seek Him first.

Let our hearts hold praise,

regardless of way;

trusting His goodness,

is with us to stay.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You are faithful, regardless of our surroundings.  Thank You that often the most miraculous moments come as we are wandering through the driest deserts.  Forgive us for our grumbling when we are uncomfortable, or have to persevere longer than we think we ought to, and help us to hold fast to our hope in You.  Grant us the ability to keep our eyes up and our hearts on You, so that we do not miss out on the miraculous that You are doing all around us.  May we be available to love as You love us, and please use us to touch hearts and show those who are looking, the way unto You.  Be magnified in all that we say and do, our mighty, miraculous God.  Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.

In You

In YouI praise You, O Lord,

with all of my heart;

for Your faithfulness,

promised from the start.

To You, I bow down,

for Your love is great;

exalted above,

before You I wait.

Your Name and Your word,

far beyond all things;

in You, boldness found,

where true freedom rings.

May You be now praised,

as Your words are heard;

let all hearts declare,

this hope undeterred.

Honor for humble,

low place for the proud;

in trouble, You save,

hide us in Thy shroud.

All purpose fulfilled,

through Your love for me;

stay close forever,

in Your arms, I see.

(Responding to Psalm 138)

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You alone are worthy of all our praise. Thank You that You are faithful and Your word is true. Forgive us for allowing fear or discouragement to cloud our perception of Your perfection, and help us to humbly come before You and trust in Your unfailing love. May our mouths be full of praise, and our hearts hold fast to Your glorious ways. Help both our word and deed honor You, and may Your perfect love be that which shines through us. May every troubled heart both hear and hold fast to the hope that is found in You. Lead us Lord, so that we may love like You. Let our every hope be held in You. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.