The Backside of the Desert

Isaiah 6:3 Like some fiery choir, they would call back and forth continually.  “Holy, holy, holy is the Eternal, the Commander of heavenly armies!  The earth is filled with His glorious presence!”

Isaiah saw a vision of God on His throne, and God was surrounded by creatures who were singing in endless waves of praise.  They didn’t just say, “Praise God who is on His throne in heaven.”  Nope!  They remind us that God is everywhere here on earth, from the most glorious landscape to the most desolate places.

Have you ever wondered about the numerous statements in the Bible about the evidence of God’s presence in the world around us?  We are fortunate to live in a state with mountains.  It’s easy to think of God when you look at the beauty and the power of mountains.  But what about the small things, the bushes and weeds and stones?

Kings Canyon National Park photo by Dcrjsr

Kings Canyon National Park photo by Dcrjsr

When Moses received the Ten Commandments, God met him on a mountain top. However, when God called Moses to lead Israel out of bondage, He spoke to him in a fiery bush.  Mark Batterson, in Wild Goose Chase, says that Jewish scholars “concluded that God appeared to Moses in a burning bush to show that no place is devoid of God’s presence, not even a bush on the backside of the desert.”

Sometimes living with a person with a brain disorder feels like life on the backside of the desert.

I need to remind myself that God is even there.

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