Exodus 15:22-25  Then Moses led Israel from the Red Sea and they went into the Desert of Shur. For three days they traveled in the desert without finding water. When they came to Marah, they could not drink its water because it was bitter. (That is why the place is called Marah.) So the people grumbled against Moses, saying, “What are we to drink?” Then Moses cried out to the Lord, and the Lord showed him a piece of wood. He threw it into the water, and the water became sweet.

The Desert Botanical Garden of Phoenix is 140 acres of more than 50,000 vibrant desert plants. I was in awe of the enormous Saguaro Cactus, whose blooms just happen to be the Arizona state flower. These cacti can grow to be over 40 feet tall.  But, my favorite part of the Saguaro Cactus is its ribs. The ribs expand and contract in response to the amount of moisture it is storing, allowing it to survive in the desert for several months without rain. A large saguaro can store up to 6 tons of water, and can survive loosing 2/3 of its stored water. Shallow, wide spreading roots quickly draw up rainwater, even after a very short rain. Additional roots called “rain roots” grow within a few hours of a rainfall to capture even more moisture. It is a remarkable cactus. Nothing like anything we see in the Midwest.

God has equipped the Saguaro Cactus to withstand extreme climates of the desert. God equipped the Israelites with Moses as their leader to withstand extreme situations as they travel through the desert. God has equipped you with the Holy Spirit who will allow you to withstand any circumstance as you travel through life. Soak up the Word today for drought days in the future.


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