We are all on a journey… each being different. At times our journey takes us to beautiful places… mountain tops! Sometimes our journey may be on the flatland… steady, long, flat roads with not much excitement. The hardest part of our journey is when we are in the middle of the wilderness… dry and dusty. I recently read about the Hebrews who were taken through the wilderness on their way to the Red Sea. They thought their journey was going to be the short route… the quick route. God had a different plan for them… His plan, not theirs.
“When lifted against the backdrop of our own standards, thoughts, and expectations, the road God chooses for us is often not the road we might expect. He often chooses a wilderness journey for us to give us the opportunity to experience Him in a way we might miss in a place of ease and convenience.” (Priscilla Shirer, One in a Million, Journey to Your Promised Land, Lifeway Press, 2010)
My wilderness can be a lonely place if I choose to live in it alone. After 20 years in the Mojave Desert, I came to realize that amidst the hot, dry and at times, barren landscape, there was great beauty… if I was open to it. In the middle of the wilderness, it can be difficult to see the beauty for all the tumbleweeds. I can choose to stay thirsty or go and find water. While the journey is difficult, it is worth it because “we know that “God’s destination will be filled with everything we need and so much of what we want.” (Shirer, 2010)