Deuteronomy 32:10-11 - In a desert land he found him, in a barren and howling waste. He shielded him and cared for him; he guarded him as the apple of his eye.
So it looks like it’s that time of year when your family goes on a spring get away. Is it off to the ocean to play in the waves? Or off to the mountains to go camping? No.
Your vacation has taken you out into the middle of the desert far from towns and people.
There are two kinds of deserts in the mind – one you’ve created of your own making and one that draws you away without your permission.
The desert you create can feel like a vacation. It may be hot but in your mind you see it as an opportunity to do away with clutter and focus on what’s most important to you.
But the desert that draws you away is very different. You’re deposited there with a heavy load and it’s difficult to find your way back home.
A desert can be abundant and flourishing like the cactus that blooms after a rainfall. Animals come out in abundance also, finding an oasis that the rain formed filling their bodies with life-giving water.
A desert can also be absent of almost all life. The wind blows the desert sands into sand dunes and also makes it difficult to see.
But both deserts hold an opportunity – no matter what kind of desert you’re in you have the choice to fear it or embrace it. Know that the desert can teach you many things.
It’s in the heat of the trial, in the emotional pain that wants to control our life that we can learn from the desert.
So what can we learn about the desert? The article, “When God Takes You Through the Desert,” on theblazingcenter.com gives some insight, such as deserts reveal what's in our hearts.
Remember, that God will find you in your desert. He will whisper his love for you even when the sand is howling. He can reach down and shield your eyes, care for you and guard you.
Are you ready to face your desert?
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.