Jeremiah 31: 2

“Thus saith the Lord, The people who which were left of the sword found grace in the wilderness;”

The Holy Bible: King James Version. (2009). (Electronic Edition of the 1900 Authorized Version., Je 31:2). Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.

Have you ever felt alone even though you’re in the midst of many? I know I have. This last week, my husband and I waited in the Starbucks line when he casually asked, “Have you ever felt alone or is that something just us shy people experience?” I replied with sincerity, expressing the depth of loneliness I have felt in my lifetime. Instantly, he could see that loneliness wasn’t just for “shy” people.

Loneliness often reveals itself when we’re walking through a difficult season of life. Life’s journey is sure to lead us to the wilderness at one time or another. I have applied so much energy to avoid the desolate places that I had to walk through; there was no detour, short cut, or easy way around it. I dreaded these moments in life. I held my breath and walked through the wilderness with a desire to complete the journey, untouched, as quickly as possible. I know these places of desolation, wilderness, loneliness, and drought are for my good, not my end. Yet, that doesn’t remove the pain that they bring with them.

Mark 6:31

“And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.”

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (Mk 6:31). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

I remember the moment of solitude when the Lord asked me to stop rushing through the wilderness. I remember when He invited me to pause and fellowship with Him in the midst of my most desolate places. I shared this memory with my daughter. Without hesitation, she replied, “Oh! The desolation, that doesn’t sound like a pleasant place!” She verbalized what my soul had screamed on multiple occasions in my lifetime.

At that time, I thought my survival was dependent on how fast I could get through these hard and painful moments. The idea that He called me to this desolate place; that He wanted to fellowship with me in the wilderness, brought a whole new outlook to this journey through the desert. Looking back, I can clearly see God had provided grace in the wilderness. God was in the very place, the desert, that I was trying to avoid.

Are you walking through the wilderness? Do you feel alone as you travel? Take heart, dear friend; God is there calling you to come away with Him to that quiet place filled with grace!!

 

Discovering Grace In The Wilderness

  • Create a gratitude book devoted to this season of life.
  • Use colored pencils! Allow your creativity to add splashes of art on the pages as you journal.
  • Enjoy this uplifting Spotify account, Grace in the Wilderness, with encouraging music
  • Gather reminders of encouraging passages from Scripture. Place these reminders around the house, in the car, and in your workplace.
  • Make time to be quiet before the Lord, praying and reading the Word. Be careful to guard this time! Don’t let any busy work steal this time away from you.

2 Thoughts to “Grace in the Wilderness”

    1. Thanks, Elaine!
      I look forward to getting to know you more.

      Keep writing!
      Mrs. Joseph Wood

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