"'I led you for forty years in the desert.
Your clothes did not fall from you in tatters
nor your sandals from your feet; bread was
not your food, nor wine or beer your drink.
Thus you should know that I, the LORD, am
your God.'" (1)
"A voice cries out: In the desert
the way of the LORD! Make straight
wasteland a highway for our God!"
"Then the eyes of the blind shall be
opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped;
then shall the lame man leap like a hart,
and the tongue of the dumb sing for joy.
For waters shall break forth in the wilderness,
and streams in the desert; the burning sand
shall become a pool, and the thirsty ground
springs of water; the haunt of jackals shall
become a swamp, the grass shall become reeds
and rushes." (3)
An arid desert is my heart:
A wasteland scorched by sun and wind.
The cacti, barbed with shame, impart
The wincing words: "My Lord, I've
Oasis waters, which consoled,
Were vaporized by noonday sun.
And hills, once decked with wheat of
Are drifting dunes -- has the wind
A wretched thirst shrivels my soul;
I cling to faith as my tongue cleaves.
My heart is parched to a dustbowl;
Arid spirit -- nothing relieves.
Desires are the desert winds
Which parch the heart beyond relief.
When trials scorch and grace rescinds,
Cling to your faith; bear with belief.
For those who brave the desert heat,
And stand before desires' blast,
Will find their strength of faith replete,
They will not fail; God's grace will
The desert yields a detachment,
Which culminates with a great thirst;
Then grace will come as a torrent,
And fill the heart until it bursts!
(c) Paul Buis, 2001
1. Deuteronomy 29:4-5
2. Isaiah 40:3
3. Isaiah 35:5-7