Life's Landscape

Steven Laman

READ : Matthew 3:13-17
Matthew 4:1-11

When Jesus returned from the Jordan River, the power of the Holy Spirit was with him, and the Spirit led him into the desert. (Luke 4:1 cev)

While visiting Death Valley National Park, my parents and I took a drive up to Dante’s View, 5,475 feet above the desert floor. The view was fascinating, especially gazing down at Badwater, the lowest point in the U.S., at 282 feet below sea level. This rugged landscape fits life perfectly. Sometimes we find ourselves on the mountaintop of joys and success, and other times the valley of hardship and disappointment engulfs us.

The Son of God wasn’t immune from life’s varying elevations either. With the affirming words of his heavenly Father at his baptism fresh in his mind, the Sprit led Jesus into the desert to endure one of the lowest points of his earthly life-his temptation. God’s Spirit was evident in both experiences, in the form of a dove at Jesus’ baptism and then in leading Christ into the desert. None of us is the only begotten Son of God, but we are his adopted children. We can take comfort in knowing that as we travel life’s uneven landscape, the Spirit is always by our side!


Lord, thank you that I never walk alone as I travel through life’s rugged terrain.