We Are Called To The Desert
The bible speaks of the old testament leaders like Moses, Abraham, and even Jesus in the new testament, who were led to the desert. The desert symbolizes trials, tribulations, uncharted territories, a zone outside of the comfort zone, and a place where you’ll feel alone. To some people this is when one is in despair. To some others, this is where one has to take a leap of faith and start a business and just trust that God will help him. To others yet, this is when they are brought down to their knees and beg for God’s mercy and help, and they have nowhere to go, or feel helpless.
Whenever we feel like we’re in a desert, we should remember that even the son of God was led into the desert, and whatever came out from that experience in the desert is always wonderful. Likewise, if we have such faith in God and go through our desert experience in peace knowing that God is with us, nothing can go wrong. In fact, we learn more when we abandon all our attachments and give up the things that provide us security and pleasure and just focus on the experience knowing God is with you. Sometimes, we need to be taken out from all our distractions just to focus on what matters most. That is the reason why at times we have these desert experiences.
Here is a poem from Mary Stevenson, entitled, “Footprints In The Sand“:
“One night I had a dream–
I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord
and across the sky flashed scenes from my life.
For each scene I noticed two sets of footprints,
one belonged to me and the other to the Lord.
When the last scene of my life flashed before me,
I looked back at the footprints in the sand.
I noticed that many times along the path of my life,
there was only one set of footprints.
I also noticed that it happened at the very lowest
and saddest times in my life.
This really bothered me and I questioned the Lord about it.
“Lord, you said that once I decided to follow you,
you would walk with me all the way,
but I have noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life
there is only one set of footprints.
“I don’t understand why in times when I needed you most,
you should leave me.”
The Lord replied, “My precious, precious child,
I love you and I would never, never leave you
during your times of trial and suffering.
“When you saw only one set of footprints,
it was then that I carried you.”
Know that we are in good hands when we cling on to God even when we are on desert days, all the time!! 🙂