If you need a ride to the oasis, My camel has a second hump

If you need a ride to the oasis, My camel has a second hump

The more I write, the more I hear from exhausted travelers looking for an oasis in their wilderness.

I am not the oasis. Let’s be clear about that.
But I do know where the source of living water is and I will walk with you there and even hold your hair back while you drink. Lap it in. Let it wash over you.

My heart is burdened for so many I know who are hurting and feeling desperate.
I feel so helpless.
All I have is words. And prayers.

I wake up praying and begging God to move in their lives and remind them that He hears.
Draw them close, Lord.
Remind them that you are never undone and never out of options.
You are still on your throne.
You are not surprised.
This is not over and these failures and sins and sickness do not get the final word.
You will wring GLORY out of this, even when they can’t imagine how.

 

I have been there.
I know the valley of deep darkness well and I remember the sensation of walking a tight rope over a bottomless deep pit.
But what I most remember is the lies.

John Bunyan describes it so poignantly when he tells of Christian’s journey through the valley in “Pilgrim’s Progress.” 1

He paints the picture of “hideous noises and doleful voices” harassing Christian for miles.
Christian hears sounds of fiends rushing to and fro in front of him and demons coming from behind and whispering blasphemies against God in his ears.

The enemy knows when we are vulnerable and he will not hesitate for a second to exploit our weakness to find tender ground where he can plant his lies.

When we are down, we need others to come near.
Dig up the freshly sown seeds of lies that the demons are scattering.
Replace the fiendish whispers with shouts of truth.

 

So I pray. And I write.
If there’s anyone out there who needs a fellow sojourner to the oasis, I saddle up my camel.
It has a second hump where you can climb on too. You can sit in front and I’ll wrap my arms around you as we ride together.

If you’re out there and need a drink, come with me to the fountain.

“I waited patiently for the Lord;
And He inclined to me and heard my cry.
He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay,
And He set my feet upon a rock making my footsteps firm.
He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God;
Many will see and fear
And will trust in the Lord.

How blessed is the man who has made the Lord his trust,
And has not turned to the proud, nor to those who lapse into falsehood.
Many, O Lord my God, are the wonders which You have done,
And Your thoughts toward us;
There is none to compare with You.
If I would declare and speak of them,
They would be too numerous to count.”
(Psalm 40:1-5)


Dear reader,

You may not be called to blog, but you can pray.
And you can send a text or a message or even use that phone to call (imagine that!).

Who do you know who needs your voice to help drown out the enemy’s lies?
Whose garden can you go pull weeds in?
Maybe you even have a second-hump-camel that you can give someone a ride to the fountain of living water on.

Hopelessness is a devastating thing. You can be the voice of hope today.

Encouraging You as You Inspire others,

Christi
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1. John Bunyan, Pilgrim’s Progress in Today’s English (Chicago: The Moody Bible Institute, 1964), 62

 

ChristiIf you need a ride to the oasis, My camel has a second hump

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  1. Rosemary

    Christi, I get thirsty for that living water from the oasis every day all day long. Such an apt metaphor! I saw the title of this post on your Pinterest board and was drawn to it. So glad that I took the time to come over and read and get blessed!

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      Christi

      Thank you, Rosemary! I’m loving getting to know you :-) And thanks for letting me know the title drew you in. For CBB groupies, that’s a huge compliment!

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  2. kaylietess

    “You will wring Glory out of this even if you can’t imagine how.” That is amazing! Thank you so much for your words and your encouragement. Those lies can be so hard to combat, thank you for speaking truth!

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      Christi

      Thank you, Kaylie! Praying for your day as I respond to your comment, that you will be encouraged and any battles and lies you face will be bathed in truth. What a blessing to start the day connecting with other believers!
      Christi

  3. Bonnie Lyn Smith

    Oh my goodness! “Whose garden can you go pull weeds in?” Oh my yes! There are always hurting people to go yank those lies out of their gardens, aren’t there? We are never without excuse. He gives us plenty of gardens to tend. I just love this imagery, and your heart is so matched to my own. So often we feel the pain and don’t know how to carry or speak into it…but that’s where we come to the end of ourselves, and Jesus is supposed to do that part through the Holy Spirit in us anyway. So often I get so weighted down wanting to carry everything for everyone, and really, He said just to walk with them and be His warm hand….not to try to play God. We walk in obedience, holding them sometimes, and He fills their thirsty souls. So beautiful! Blessings from Espressos of Faith!

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      Christi

      You are so full of great words and I am really honored that you drop by and leave some for me :-) I do believe we have hearts aligned and I am really looking forward to seeing where God takes this friendship. Any friend who love espresso like you do has to be a great match for me!

  4. HannahBollinger

    Hi Christi,

    Found your post at The Weekend Brew. Thank you for your refreshing words that express hope! I’m so familiar with the lies, but I too have experienced God’s truth washing the lies away. Knowing that there are others who can journey with us, offer prayers, and words of encouragement — it such a comfort. Thanks for doing just there here!

    Many Blessings,
    Hannah

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      Christi

      Hi Hannah! It is truly a gift that we don’t have to walk this journey alone. I’m finding so much refreshment from other new friends and encouraged all the more as we discover we aren’t imagining the battle against the lies.

  5. blessingcounterdeb

    I love this Christi! Your title made me laugh out loud. There is so much encouragement here as you point us to journey together. Enjoy a blessing-filled weekend.

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      Christi

      You laughing makes me smile, Deb. Thanks for all the ways you’ve given me a ride to refreshing encouragement over the last two weeks. You are such a gracious host and I am loving getting to know you!

  6. Michele Morin

    How could I not read a post with that great title??
    Found your words today at Blessing Counters, and I just finished reading John 4 about Jesus offering a ride to living waters to the woman at the well. Extra refreshment for me today! Thanks!

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      Christi

      Oh, my, Michele! What a picture of true refreshment — Jesus at the well. Thanks for that reminder and thanks for leaving me sweet encouragement to take into my weekend.

  7. Jessie

    Ah, your posts keep bringing me to tears. I feel like God continues to meet me where I am through sermons and random things that I read. This encouraged me today and your words touched on a situation I am walking through. I appreciate you :)

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      Christi

      Oh, Jessie! I am so glad you were encouraged. God does have a way of leading us to His truth, doesn’t he? I am praying for you this morning for whatever this situation is that you are walking through that you need encouraging over.

      Father, please remind Jessie that you are near. Draw her to your active, living Word and fill her with your truth. I pray a hedge of protection around her and strength to combat any lies the enemy is attempting to plant. Thank you for what you have been sending into her life already. May she be reminded that you are never surprised. Never out of options. Never off your throne. And you love her more than she can imagine.
      In your precious name .. Hallelujah and Amen.

      Thanks for the privilege of praying for you, Jessie! ~ Christi

      1. Jessie

        I just now saw that you replied to this. Thank you so much. Thank you for praying for me. Having Christ in common is such a great privilege….someone I’ve never even met before is interceding for me and praying for me. I appreciate you so much :)

  8. Ruthie Gray

    So real, so full of gospel truth! Just the title alone draws the weary reader, but oh, the hope and advice provided here, equipping for the ride to the oasis!
    Psalm 40 is one of my faves.
    Thanks for reminding me – I have a few texts to send out today, gotta invite some girls along for the ride.
    Get my saddle ready, gf, I’m packing my bags! :)

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