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"Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these." Luke 12:27 (NIV)

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

God Talk: Wilderness

Living on the eastern seaboard of Australia, it's hard to imagine the barrenness of the wilderness.

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"Wilderness" is scarcely a feature in my experiential vocabulary. We may yet venture into the outback when the kiddies and I can travel the distance without driving one another completely insane.

But I did use the word once... metaphorically... to describe the place I was in. It was a dark place. The darkest and bleakest. And I could see no light at the end of the tunnel.

I was in a place of abject loneliness. Frankly, I had never felt so lonely in my entire life before that. Life with a dependent newborn was much, much harder than I had imagined. I didn't know anyone else with babies. I was isolated from the rest of the world which seemed to be passing me by. I felt trapped.

Moses spent 40 years in the wilderness of Midian tending his father-in-law's sheep. Probably not the life he envisaged for himself while swaggering in the royal court of Egypt. But it was in the wilderness that he heard the voice of his Creator... the God of his ancestors, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

At 80 years old, when he thought that life had passed him by, the transcendent, self-existent God of the universe called him to a task he had become eminently suitable for after years of looking after sheep.
His time in the wilderness must've been a purifying time. A humbling process. A time when Moses learnt to face his limitations and think less well of himself.

Only then would he be ready to hear the voice of the great "I AM" and become His instrument of salvation and the leader of his people.
The wilderness has a way of slowing us down, purging the dross to reveal our inadequacies but for God's servants, it is also a place of preparation.

John the Baptist, our Lord, the apostle Paul all spent time in the wilderness or desert.

There's something about the desert or the wilderness that brings us to our knees... bringing out the best or worst in us.
To come to the end of ourselves and see the Lord, face to face and worship him.

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