A voice is calling, “Clear the way for the Lord in the wilderness; make smooth in the desert a highway for our God.” – Isaiah 40:3
I once lived in West Africa. Generally speaking, it rained about four months out of every year and the other eight months were, as we used to say, “dry as a bone.”
Have you ever “lived” in a dry place? Not physically, but spiritually? And if so, why?
Maybe it is due to the circumstances of your life. Unexpected and undesirable changes have thrown too many obstacles into your journey and your walk with God has lost its intended priority. Or maybe your spiritual disciplines aren’t what they need to be or used to be. Prayer, meditation, and time in God’s Word are essential elements of a vibrant faith and, like a garden, if left unattended will soon be overgrown with all those things that choke off the fruit of the Spirit.
There is also a third possibility. Perhaps, you find yourself in a “spiritual desert” because God led you there. Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness for His own personal testing and we should not be surprised if we also find ourselves in a “desert” of God’s own making. Think about it, it is in these moments of desperation that we usually cry out most fervently for Christ’s presence. Nothing will make a person thirstier than going without water. Perhaps you are dry because Christ is inviting you to drink.
Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point, which means at the point of highest reality. – C. S. Lewis
Dr. David Pope is President and Founder of POPE Initiatives, a non-profit organization committed to providing executive-level management and support services for major global mission efforts.
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