Thursday, September 16, 2010
In the Wilderness
His answer came in several ways
I hope this passage is an answer to prayer for you, too, Dear Reader.
As physical hunger intensifies with the absence of food, so spiritual hunger intensifies with the absence of God. That is why the wilderness plays such an important role in our lives, as it did in the lives of Moses, David, Elijah, Job. The wilderness is where we experience prolonged periods of God's absence. For me, that was Poolville. For you, it may be Los Angeles or Odessa, General Motors or graduate school. For me, it was a crisis brought on by a change of careers. For you, it may be a crisis brought on by cancer or divorce or some other struggle.
Whatever the wilderness, wherever the wilderness, it is in that wilderness where we learn that we do not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God, that His word is not only the most natural food for our soul but the most necessary.
I will never forget how hungry I was for some word from Him to let me know that He saw me stranded there in Poolville, that He heard my prayers, and most of all, that He cared...
...The wilderness was my thesis. It was where I had to prove to myself who God really is...
And out of it came the message of my life, or at least, the beginnings of it. And now I am able to know from my own life--not somebody else's--who God really is.
We humans are such stupid creatures, Lord. Dumber than sheep by far. At least, THIS human is. I am so slow to learn from You and about You. You have proven Yourself to me so many, many times. Yet I still find myself cowering in a cave, bleating helplessly and, sometimes, hopelessly.
I'm so glad You are my Good Shepherd.
Come here, Little One. You're weary. You're stressed. You're feeling lost in a great big wilderness.
Stop trying to find your own way. Come here and let me carry You through this wilderness to the other side.
Joy is waiting for you there.