Streams in the Desert

Some people believe in coincidence, I believe in Godincidence.

This past fall, I was perusing books at the thrift store, for my journal making, when I happened upon “Streams in the Desert” by Mrs. Chas E. Cowman. She wrote this book in 1925 and it is all written in the King James language of the day… with “hither” and “thither” and a few “shalls”…I love the old English, it provides more food for our brains!

I’ve mentioned this book before, but I must let you know or at least warn you, that this book is full of inspiration and hope and crazy Godincidences.  I was going to deconstruct this fabulous little book and turn it into one of my journals, but I made the glorious mistake of actually reading it.  Well, needless to say, this book “spoke” to me, and to Jukavo and to all whom I have read it to.  It has an entry for every day of the year from Jan.1 – Dec.31.  The crazy thing is, when I read people their birthday entries, I get all kinds of responses like, “OH MY GOD!”, or tears, or jaws dropping to the ground or “how does it know?!”.  My girlfriend, Denise, calls it my crazy horoscope book and Jukavo says that we live in God’s twilight zone (insert twilight zone theme song here!)LOL.

Well, since I want to focus on the christmasification of my soul, this gem of a book, is my daily devotional and it is doing its part to helping me get to Christmas in my heart.

Do you worry about things?  Are you worried about all the stuff that you “need” to do for Christmas?  Are you worried that you won’t have enough time, money or energy? Well, then here is the entry for December 1st (yes, I’m a day late…and a dollar short!LOL) it is the perfect start to the Christmas season and the first day of the advent calendars….are you ready?  Here it is…hold onto your hats! She starts with a scripture verse, a story and then a poem:

“There remaineth, therefore, a rest to the people of God.” – Hebrews 4:9

An eminent Christian worker tells of his mother who was a very anxious and troubled Christian. He would talk with her by the hour trying to convince her of the sinfulness of fretting, but to no avail.  She was like the old lady who once said she had suffered so much, especially from the troubles that never came. But one morning the mother cam down to breakfast wreathed in smiles. He asked her what had happened, and she told him that in the night she had a dream.

She was walking along a highway with a great crowd of people who seemed so tired and burdened. They were nearly all carrying little black bundles, and she noticed that there were numerous repulsive looking beings which she thought were demons dropping these black bundles for the people to pick up and carry.

Like the rest, she too had her needless load, and was weighed down with the devil’s bundles.  Looking up, after a while, she saw a Man with a bright and loving face, passing hither and thither through the crowd, and comforting the people.

At last he came near her, and she saw that it was her Saviour. She looked up and told Him how tired she was, and He smiled sadly and said:

“My dear child, I did not give you these loads; you have no need of them. They are the devil’s burdens and they are wearing out your life. Just drop them; refuse to touch them with one of your fingers and you will find the path easy and you will be as if borne on eagle’s wings.”

He touched her hand, and lo, peace and joy thrilled her frame and, flinging down her burden, she was about to throw herself at His feet in joyful thanksgiving, when suddenly she awoke and found that all her cares were gone. From that day to the close of her life she was the most cheerful and happy member of the household.

“And the night shall be filled with music, And the cares that infest the day, Shall fold their tents like the Arabs, And as silently steal away.” – Longfellow

So there you have it.  Enjoy, soak it in.

And in case you are wondering, there is a new version of “Streams in the Desert” and it has apparently been translated into a more modern English version if that’s your thing…and I’ll betcha it’s available on Amazon!

You’ll have to excuse me now, I’m just gonna go and get rid of my black bundles!

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8 Responses to Streams in the Desert

  1. Julia Andres says:

    Thanks friend, my bundles have been weighing me down too, and it is a good season to get rid of them! The reason for the Season is fellowship and love, and thanks be to the child who was born to set us free… xx00 Ju

  2. Simple Daisy says:

    Ooh…that sounds like a wonderful book!!!!

    • admin says:

      I’m telling you it is crazy amazing! The thing that gets me is that she wrote the book in 1925 but it totally hits home in 2010!

  3. Marg says:

    This is way to funny….met you in church and we so quickly made these fantastic connections…this is called Godcoincidence.
    I remember that book that you are talking about….My mom has had that in her library and if you look at my previous post to FAVE Five…you’ll see that we are on the same line of thinking…it’s called Godcoincidence as I pour my heart through my mom’s favorite devotional before she passed away and how I wonder that it is so relevant for 2010.

    • admin says:

      I read your post and totally love that you honor your mom’s memory by continuing with her devotional book! I realize that I am blessed beyond words to be able to talk to or e-mail my mom every day. By the way…we sure had fun teasing Clarence about “the one that got away” , at our family gathering later that day! We even had him blushing! LOL!!! Thanks for the ammo!

  4. Judy says:

    What a beautiful post to take through the advent season! Thanks. I will be on the lookout for the book…sounds like a good read.

    • admin says:

      That book used to be in the church library when I was a kid. I recognized the title almost instantly as my mom had it on her reading table for a while in the 70′s. I think she had it out from the library for more than the allowed 1 week!!! Hmmm, she must have gotten the okay from Ms. Riediger! LOL.

  5. dana goodman says:

    What an inspiration this story is. My black bundles have a noose around my neck right now, so thanks Karen for sharing this amazing story!

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