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.
“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.