After living in the desert a good part of my childhood,
Years later, I was listening to a song on the radio,
‘A Horse With No Name’ by ‘America.’
The lyrics and tune –
“In the first part of the journey”
“I’ve been through the desert on
A horse with no name”
Brought to my mind a beautiful story of God’s love.
The rendition of this song addresses in quite an
astounding way the theme of God searching for
His children midst wasteland and desolation
Written by a man named Ezekiel.*
I have written an allegory of this…
A voice is heard in a desolate land,
Oh Ezekiel, what do you have to say
Of this man, one that is searching
For a child among rocks, stones and
There is a desert under a blazing sky,
Where serpents lie. Cacti hide a tiny
Wren, it’s wings singed from the noon
Day sun, unable to fly as high again.
All is still, but for the horse and its rider,
Moving faster, as its hooves pound the
Clay baked ground.
On the first day of his journey, no child
Was found and in disappointment turned
His horse around. With an empty heart
And far from blest, even though he did
He could not remove the picture from
His mind and returned to the desert one
More time. Searching far and near, a cry
In the distance spurs him on.
Pulling the brim of his hat to shade his
Eyes, looking on the desert floor, in a
Pool of blood in a pocket of sand, he
Hears a child’s cry again.
Lifting this child to his saddle side, with
His hands its tears he dries.
Cleansing with water and oil, removing
Clothes dirty and soiled. With newness
Of life the child lifts its head, and is given a
No longer living in shame.
The desert is turned to a river bed.
The wren flies high again, and with joyful song it sings.
Living waters flow upon the earth. He
Bids the child live in a land with no more
Playing among the reeds on the river’s
Edge, no danger will come from the adder’s
Den, for there is no more sin.
All things are new because of this Man’s
Our experience may sometimes seem like
A desert lot, dry and desolate, but
There are words of comfort given –
“In a desert land he found him, in a barren
And howling waste. He shielded him
And cared for him…
Like an eagle that stirs up its nest, and
Hovers over its young, that spreads its
wings carrying them aloft.” He carries us
On His wings of love through all our
Trials, always searching for us!
*The Book Of Ezekiel Chapter 16
In God’s Word