This picture was taken at an Israeli desert oasis. A stream of water flows through this canyon that starts with a waterfall forming a small pool and then gathers water from the limestone rock seen here.
This picture speaks volumes about living versus existence. How so? There are three Hebrew words for desert.
One word implies there is water and land capable of agriculture. Thus, you can stay in one place and make a good living even in the desert!
Another word implies there is water only in oasis like this one. This means you would have to know where these oasis are and then move from oasis to oasis in order to exist.
The last word means there is no water; thus no life, let alone existence.
Living in this world can be like a desert. It’s hot and cold and quite challenging, even in the best of times.
And yet, Jesus didn’t come to give us existence, but life.
He said that in following Him we can know that our time on this planet has value and purpose despite its challenges.
He said that we can make disciples or followers of Him no matter where we live or how we make our living.
Want to feel alive and not just exist? Take your Jesus given purpose seriously. Focus on helping others love, become like and share Jesus.
As you do, you will feel fulfilled and at peace even in the desert.