The desert around En Gedi is hot, barren, and dry. God’s promise to his people was to turn the desert into “pools of water” (Psalm 107:35). Even the barrenness is made fruitful by the living water from God.The water and shade seen in this photograph provide relief and the ability to handle the extreme desert heat. This, too, is a picture of God’s care. He is the cool shade that protects the weary from the sun’s heat; he is the water that soothes the parched throat of the thirsty.

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