Streams in the Desert

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My family rejoiced on our balcony earlier this week when the first rains fell in over six months. Having a typical Mediterranean climate, Israel basically gets six months of dry followed by six months of rain. Praise God that the dry season is behind us and the months of rain are ahead!

Jerusalem sits on top of a watershed mountain ridge, so rainfall  flowing off the western side of the mountain goes on to the Mediterranean Sea and rainwater flowing down the eastern side ends up at the Dead Sea. East of Jerusalem is the Judean Wilderness. Even though this low, desert wasteland only receives about 2 inches of rain per year, higher up on the ridge line, Jerusalem receives about 22 inches per year. The runoff creates “streams in the desert”.

The prophet Isaiah used the image of “streams in the desert” to teach us about the nature of our relationship to God.  This simple, 20-second video clip shows what Isaiah was talking about. Water from Jerusalem flows through Wadi Qelt in the barren Judean desert down to Jericho and finally into the Dead Sea. Without the Spirit of God we are as parched and dry as the harshest desert; but, we come to life when the Spirit of God flows into and through us.

Blessings,

Joel

 

4 Comments

  1. Freed from Slavery on October 9, 2012 at 5:58 PM

    Just finished praying for you and the SourceFlix family and am blessed to have found this waiting for me when I finished.
    Love the magnitude of the physical pictures in Israel that speak of profound Spiritual truths.
    Keep sending these videos and thoughts, they are a HUGE blessing!
    Love you ALL!

  2. Ruth Watson Dutton on October 9, 2012 at 7:27 PM

    Thank you for sharing Israel with us, and for your lives of service to Jesus Christ, His Body… all over the world, and for the precious souls that will come to know Him. You are the sweet fragrance of our God and Savior in the city of Jerusalem and many other places.

  3. Laurie Fesmire on October 10, 2012 at 1:30 AM

    I love checking your site. I appreciate your work for the Lord. I have visited Israel twice. If you get a chance visit Mt Carmel assembly in Hiafa. God Bless!

  4. Charlie Campbell on October 14, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    Good word Joel and nice shot!
    Blessings!

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