There is something about wildernesses that draw and repel at the same time. Jesus withdrew into the wilderness to be prepared for his ministry. Elijah and Moses ran into the wilderness to escape – yet, each was prepared for the next chapter in their lives.

Perhaps it is the loneliness, a lack of distraction, a different pace…whatever it is, we don’t like wilderness times. Yet, if you are like me, you realize the wilderness experience, where it is just the Lord and you, is vital to spiritual growth and understanding. It is a place where the past is properly positioned and healed and the next chapter begins to become clear. The wilderness strengthens our relationship with our Lord. It is a faith building place. Hands and hearts let go. And, perhaps most of all, we realize our Lord is enough, even there.

I’m still your God,
the God who saved you out of Egypt.
I’m the only real God you’ve ever known.
I’m the one and only God who delivers.
I took care of you during the wilderness hard times,
those years when you had nothing.
I took care of you, took care of all your needs,
gave you everything you needed.
You were spoiled. You thought you didn’t need me.
Hosea 13:4-6

Lord, I don’t like wildernesses. Though I understand that they are needful, I run from them. That said, if there is no other way for me to know you most intimately, lead me to your side away from everything and everyone.

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