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The Refreshing Waters of Ein Gedi


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Sometimes you just need to refresh yourself in the cooling waters of Ein Gedi.

King David did.

On a hot summer day in Israel, I did too.

So often, God has brought me to such a place, space, and moment.

As he was hiding in the desert, pursued by King Saul, David found the strength to move above those springs to take safe cover in the craggy rocks where only the wild goats could skillfully traverse. (1 Samuel 24:1-2)

He must have waded in the waters along the way.

He must have stood under the waterfall and found refreshment in the waters from the spring.

It must have brought him courage and renewal.

His son, Solomon would find renewal there and have the memories of that placed fixed in his mind.

Between Masada and Qumran is such a surprising oasis.

In the deserts of your life, if you are careful to look and see, you will find a surprising space, place, and moment of refreshing that God has designed just for you.

David, Solomon, and I found it and I find it again so often. May you, who are traveling through deserts this day, find it too.

"Ein Gedi (Hebrew: עֵין גֶּדִי‎, Arabic: عين جدي‎, translit. ‘ayn jady‎: literally "spring of the kid (young goat)" is an oasis and a nature reserve in Israel, located west of the Dead Sea, near Masada and the Qumran Caves." (Wikipedia)