Seeds germinated with autumn rain waited patiently for their beds of parched earth to receive the right amount of spring saturation. Winter has provided ample water for the desert, and wildflowers have broken through the crust along our roads and riverbanks.
Even as Spring in the Sonoran Desert will soon drift away on arid winds, blossoms of globemallow, marigold, and penstemon team with blooms of palo verde, ocotillo, and brittlebush. Spring inspires whole fields painted with the colors of a desert sunset; as if drips from God’s brush sewed the soil.
Islands lush with life overtake dry ground, they spread and spill over into each other. The whole landscape is transformed. The quick but resounding lifespan of spring in this desert city tells a story of hope.
In his book, The Weight of Glory, CS Lewis wrote, “We do not want merely to see beauty, though, God knows, even that is bounty enough. We want something else which can hardly be put into words — to be united with the beauty we see, to pass into it, to receive it into ourselves, to bathe in it, to become part of it.”
Life in abundance, radiant and overflowing, has no earthly business dwelling in dry land. But God calls it into being and it thrives; because God spoke it, He commanded it.
He is calling to us, inviting us with a promise that Tucson can receive into itself His beauty, which will spread beyond a season and become part of us, where God Himself is reflected in our very culture.
Can you imagine that? What comes to your mind when you think of city transformation?
Our response to God’s invitation is to sew biblical principles into the parched structures and institutions of our city, and saturate them with plentiful workers who are unified and strategic.
Come, be a part of this mission!
Generations of spiritual growth will spill over into other cities. And it starts right here, outside your front door. The whole landscape will be transformed.