Time leads us to many places. Places we want to go and places where we wouldn’t dare take a step on. As Solomon dictates, to every thing, there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven. As much as possible, we would always want to be in a place where happiness lies, where there is no sadness or pain. A place where we could rest, where the birds are singing their sweet tunes and the clear clouds above our heads, our comfort zone. But then life’s unanswered questions lead you to a desert, where there is no water for growth even a drop to quench your thirst. This is a season where you feel actually nothing, of laziness and no desire to move your mental, physical, emotional, physical and spiritual muscles. This is nothingness and wilderness combined. Immovability is justified since you came to a point that doing something seems fruitless because there is no water to supply your motivation. You are a total zombie, the living dead in an arid land. Perhaps, this is God’s one way of orchestrating your life to the perfection he wants you to achieve. It is intriguing to know that while you are in the wilderness, He still wants you to enjoy your stay there.
- You are being instructed. While in the desert, the Lord wants you to hear His voice. That out of nothingness, you can pick out His loud, audible voice amidst the howls of the wolves and the ravens. He wants you to ascertain your life if you have been on track or slowly straying. You are the apple of His eye and He is watching your every move, no way can you escape His gaze. His gaze is not a piercing stare for you to freak out of guilt, but a loving attention for you to mend your ways and start living afresh. Deut 32:10, “He found him in a desert land, and in the waste howling wilderness; he led him about, he instructed him, he kept him as the apple of his eye.”
- You can build a tower and dig wells in the desert. 2 Chron 26:10 tells us how Uzziah built towers in the desert and digged many wells. How on earth is that possible? Because he did which was right in the sight of the Lord that he was able to prosper even in the midst of wilderness. A tower is a fortress, a sanctuary and citadel to rise to a great height. A well is your source and supply. The Lord wants you to soar and be abundant in every possible way. You just have to understand that He is the source not the location where you’re at.
- A desert is the highway for God. God wants you to feel His presence no matter where you are. He wants you to look for Him. He is an omnipresent God that He will show His power and wisdom even in the driest land. He wants you to meet Him and encounter Him even in times where you can’t and even don’t want to see Him. He is the maker of the seasons and He will be beside you all these times. You are never alone in the desert, seek Him and you shall find Him. Isa 40:3, “The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.”
- He will give you something new. Where there is no prospect of life in the middle of the wilderness, God is growing in you a new creation filled with vitality. Out of a dry, arid and fruitless land, you will see the good things He has planted in you. A new meaning and vision will spring forth out of you while you are staying in the desert. You can find new things and fresher motives to continue. “Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.” Isd 43: 19
While it is not inviting to stay nor travel in a desert, it is one of the stages of our journey that we should pass by it. But along the way, we will pick up experiences that no other place can give us. So while in the wilderness, let us make most of our travelling time and might as well enjoy our stay there.