I live in the desert…but, then again…I have air conditioning, a pool and a shower. I have an air conditioned vehicle. The stores have air conditioning, freezer cases and ice. Ahhh…the wonders of modern conveniences.
Anyhow…Before I moved to the desert I did a lot of camping there. When all is right, it truly is a spectacular experience. Total solitude. Quiet. Warm. And the stars! OH MY! The stars are absolutely something to behold. However when a sand storm blows in it’s time to batten down the hatches…and tents…and tables…and anything else that moves! But when it rains, and eventually it does, everything is washed fresh, new life springs up in the form of desert color and all is right again. The cycle repeats.
I can imagine what it was like to “wander in the desert 40 years”. Wouldn’t be wild about it but I can imagine it. No water, no shelter, no air conditioning. Nothing but sun, sky and sand storms. Having your body sand blasted is not a good thing. Tis not fit for man nor beast I tell ya!
There are times when we go through a “spiritual desert”. Seems like we’re blasted from all directions. Sometimes it can be down right blinding, temporarily leaving us with the inability to think, hear, function and even pray in faith that things will change.
During this time, hold fast to the fact you’re in good company. Many of the people in the Bible who were used by God went through desert periods. They include Moses, Elijah, Jesus, David and Paul. No, going through a desert phase is not a sign of weakness even though we may feel that way. It is not only a sign of strength but of our preparation for great things to come. Attitude is the key.
Psalms 63:1(MSG) God—you’re my God! I can’t get enough of you! I’ve worked up such hunger and thirst for God, traveling across dry and weary deserts.
Attitude! It’s all about attitude! And we have a classic example of the result of complaining and grumbling about it. 40 years of wandering…40!
If you’re going through a desert period, embrace it. Study the Word even though you don’t feel like it. Pray. Even though you’re feeling too weak to lift your head. Seek revelation as to the purpose even though you feel blinded by the sand. After all, we walk by faith not sight. And praise…yes praise! David, again…
Psalms 63:2-4(MSG) So here I am in the place of worship, eyes open, drinking in your strength and glory. In your generous love I am really living at last! My lips brim praises like fountains. I bless you every time I take a breath; My arms wave like banners of praise to you.
Remember…Seek out the well. When God reigns the desert color will appear.