There are places and spaces in our lives - every day - where the 'arid', the 'desolate', blows through. Memories. Regrets. Lonely job. Lonely road. We spend a lot of energy and resources either dealing with these 'desert places', or trying to avoid meeting them in our minds and hearts.
Two points on this. First, the spirit of the 'arid' and the 'desolate' comes from mankind being cut off from the life and spirit of God. In essence it is the spirit of death. And ultimately we do die.
Here is the second point, and the good news! Jesus came - God in the form of mankind - to bring life to the 'arid' space, the 'desolate' place. And ultimately to defeat physical death - to give us life eternal!
Here and now you can invite Jesus into your life, and let his spirit pour into those arid places. He takes the 'sting of death' out of the 'desolate' here and now, and he takes the 'sting of death' out of death itself. For this reason when we 'die in Christ', we come back to life and live forever! (I Cor 15:55; Gen 3:5-6)
Jesus said, 'Whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me, has eternal life and will not be condemned. He has crossed over from death to life.' John 5:24
Peter Walker. I hope you enjoy these reflections. Please feel free to comment!:)