In a great book you will discover more on a re-read. Today I began reading a book given to my great-great grandmother by my great-aunt passed down to my grandmother and given to my mother the month before I was born. Before Christmas 2017 my mom gave the book to me.
Streams in the Desert offers a drink to your thirsty soul for each day of the year. It has done so for generations of women in my family as noted by the inscriptions on the opening pages. My copy is a direct link to my heritage of faith; the year 1958 noted on January 1, the underlined passages, the side-note of a day selected to be read aloud at a ladies’ group.
Will I read and re-read? Probably. Already on day one, Streams presents me with a Bible verse I’ve never noted before.
1 But the land into which you are about to cross to possess it, a land of hills and valleys, drinks water from the rain of heaven, 12 a land for which the Lord your God cares; the eyes of the Lord your God are always on it, from the [h]beginning even to the end of the year. (Bible book Deuteronomy, Chapter 11 verses 11 & 12).
The author of Streams, Mrs. Charles E. Cowman, writes:
“Today, dear friends, we stand upon the verge of the unknown. There lies before us the new year and we are going forth to possess it. Who can tell what we shall find? What new experiences, what changes shall come, what new needs shall arise? But here is the cheering, comforting, gladdening message from our Heavenly Father, ‘The Lord thy God careth for it.’ ‘His eyes are upon it…from the beginning of the year even unto the end of the year.'”
Whatever path your year takes you on, wherever our feet walk, the God of Abraham is caring for the way of those who follow Him be it on the hills or valleys. As Cowman says, “Trust only. The Father comes near to take our hand and lead us on our way today. It shall be a good, a blessed new year!”
“Streams in the Desert” is still in print in the original language from 1925 and a modern language edition updated by James Reimann, known for updating Oswald Chamber’s classic devotion, “My Utmost For His Highest.”