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THE DESERT

On the top of Uluru or Ayer’s Rock, Central Australia.Uluru appears to be just bare sandstone rock but plants have taken hold in the cracks and crevasses wherever there is grains of soil.

The desert is an unforgiving place to find oneself in. There is no water, or shade to sustain life. It is hot, bare and seemingly lifeless.

Anyone traveling across a desert must take plenty of water and food and make sure their vehicle is well prepared. Many people have lost their life by underestimating the desert and the requirements needed to cross. The desert does not forgive anyone treating it lightly.

IT’S MY RIGHT

Trying to find shade to eat a meal.

The human heart is a bit like the wilderness; it is unforgiving. When the heart is distressed, grief struck, hurt at the hands of another, unjustly dealt with we are unforgiving. We insist on apologies and compensation because it is our right to be recompensed.

It is a coldness of heart and spirit that dries us out, and we become a desert.   But we don’t need to be desert dwellers, with empty hearts, dried out spirits. We have a choice as to where we live.  In the wilderness living for ourselves alone, doing it tough or in Christ living his life. Galatians 2: 20. We have a choice.

It is a coldness of heart and spirit that dries us out, and we become a desert.   But we don’t need to be desert dwellers, with empty hearts, dried out spirits. We have a choice as to where we live.  In the wilderness living for ourselves alone, doing it tough or in Christ living his life. Galatians 2: 20. We have a choice.

Kata Juta or The Olga’s. These sandstone monoliths rise out of the desert. Around the base of the rocks, there is vegetation growing . The run-off from rain on the rocks has created mini gardens of Eden..

A GIFT

God’s forgiveness is part of his gift of salvation.  We can’t have one without the other. So forgiveness is a gift.  Pass it on.  We can forgive others freely when we have truly experienced God’s forgiveness. Experiencing the forgiveness of God gives us power, strength, and boldness to take the risk and forgive. We can forgive because it doesn’t matter what people can do to us. ‘If God is on our side, who can ever be against us? – Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? – God is the one who has forgiven us and given us right standing with himself. –Who then will condemn us? Christ is the one who died for us and came back to life for us and is sitting at the place of highest honour next to God, pleading for us there in heaven.’ Romans 8: 31-34.

Accepting the gift of forgiveness we are ‘confessing we are sinners,’ 1 John 1: 9,  but take heart, God is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.’  We are righteous in his sight. All that is needed is acceptance and trust.

God poured out his unmerited favour, his fathomless grace with the gift of forgiveness. Forgiving us totally, wiping out every hurt, real or imagined. God has a love that stretches as far as the east is from the west, Psalm 103:9 -12, ‘He never bears a grudge… He has not punished us as we deserve… He has removed our sins as far as the east is from the west.’

My first sight of Uluru

UNDO THE GIFT

The thing is, we must choose between accepting his forgiveness and letting go of the insults and hurts and blessing that person, or clinging to the need for justice we hope will satisfy our need, but won’t.

Forsake the desert life of self-interest; green paddocks and running creeks and tables heaped with good food, are ours for the accepting, Psalm 23.

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