Midweek Meditations, July 10, 2019
Somewhere It Hides a Well
Sometimes I sleep with all the lights on. It helps me to appreciate the night.
– Pat Green, Texas Country Artist, Singer / Songwriter
“The desert is beautiful,” the little prince added.
And that was true. I have always loved the desert. One sits down on a desert sand dune, sees nothing, hears nothing. Yet through the silence something throbs, and gleams . . .
“What makes the desert beautiful,” said the little prince, “is that somewhere it hides a well . . .”
I was astonished by a sudden understanding of that mysterious radiation of the sands. When I was a little boy I lived in an old house, and legend told us that a treasure was buried there. To be sure, no one had ever known how to find it; perhaps no one had ever even looked for it. But it cast an enchantment over that house. My home was hiding a secret in the depths of its heart . . .
“Yes,” I said to the little prince. “The house, the stars, the desert–what gives them their beauty is something that is invisible!”
– Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince
Salvation can only truly be understood by those who once walked heavy laden.
Joy is most profound in those good gifts of God that are born through trial.
And let us not seek to escape the quiet, for it is there, in stillness, that God may speak the loudest.
~Pastor Mike Middaugh