Streams in the Desert

Rocky Wilderness of TunisiaOn our trip to discover the heart of Tunisia, Tunisian Hills. Gold we traveled across 800 miles of golden deserts under a dome of deep blue sky. Tunisian Hills. 2 Despite my appreciation for maize and blue (being U. of Michigan’s colors), Desert Land of Tunisia I found the barrenness of the desert even more oppressive than the heat. Tunisian Wilderness Where was the green? Where was the cool, blue water? Lake Superior As one who grew up amongst the woodlands and 60,000+ lakes of Michigan, Home Sweet Home to me green+blue=life+comfort. Wilderness in we traveled across 800 miles I found myself marveling that people could surviveBarrenness of Tunisia—or ever figure out how to navigate across—such wilderness terrain. Climbing the hills in Tunisia Our guide understood this basic craving in the heart of man for signs of life, Climb to spring in Tunisia so one afternoon he took us on a hike to the source of a small spring. Tunisian Desert Area It was a very hot day, and a relatively hard climb, Tunisian Hills. Climb but it was so dry that our sweat evaporated almost as soon as it surfaced Dry Riverbed in Tunisia.…leaving us very thirsty. Mountain Goat Tunisia However, our efforts were wonderfully rewarded. Source of Spring in Tunisia High up in the rocky hills was a tiny stream of water flowing out of the rock. Stream descending from mountain in Tunisia To me, it looked like just an insignificant trickle, Stream of Water in Tunisia but it was steady, and it was precious. Stream in the Desert of Tunisia The Tunisians in the area had gone to great pains to protect the spring Channel for stream in Tunisian Desert by carving out a channel into the stone so the water could flow Stream broadening out in Tunisian Desert without obstruction down to the village that had grown up in the oasis below. Stream in the Tunisian Desert In fact, over the years, the Tunisians were carefully expanding the oasis Palms planted by stream in Tunisia by planting more palms, which trapped more moisture and promoted life. Oasis Pool. Tunisia I was astonished to discover that so small a stream in the desert Tunisian Hills could make life possible for such a large village, but I should not have been. Water in Tunisia After all, Jesus does exactly that for each of us who come to him. Tunisian Hills. Dry riverbed This may not make sense for those who haven’t found Him yet, Rock and Palm in Tunisia  but Jesus is the Rock out of whom flows a river of living water to provide life and health for everyone who puts their faith and trust in Him. Beautiful pool in Tunisia “For in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert.  And the parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water.” (Isaiah 35:6-7) Tunisian Stream in Desert Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me,
and drink.
He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said,
out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.”
(John 7:37-38)

(I took all the pictures in Tunisia this summer, except for the two pictures of Michigan and our lake.)