Waiting & Walking in the Wilderness


When I was younger, I was under the unproven theory that when you were a grown up, life instantly became easier.

Sure, you had bills and a mortgage and stuff, but life, as a whole, was much more simple.

As I'm sure most of you know as you read this, that is not true. And if anything, it becomes harder.  Being a grown up is certainly not living up to my idea of what it would be.  Bills and mortgages are one thing; it's the things that catch you off guard that you may or may not have adequately prepared for that make adulthood less than easy.

Adulthood, I'm learning, is hard.  Life, as we found out at various stages, is tough.  Situations, events and moments come along at some point that we cannot even begin to fathom how to handle.  More than once this year, I've thought to myself "my shoulders are not nearly big or strong enough for this."

But then God... 

God uses those situations, events and moments to remind us that He is indeed an ever present help in a time of need.  God places people in our lives to help carry the burden and relieve our shoulders.  Trials serve as the eye opener I need that I cannot do this adult thing alone.

More than likely, we have all heard this verse in Isaiah...

Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

I'm going to be honest with y'all...right now, I feel a little weary and more than a little faint.  Trusting God during trials doesn't instantly make them less of a trial or easier.  A few weeks ago, our Pastor said that the Holy Spirit will drive us into a place that we would not voluntarily go.  It's these places, our "wilderness," we learn how strong He is and that we need Him through all things.  God does not do things as we would do them.  Many times, we make choices based off of how we feel, and thankfully, God is not an emotional God.  Though we may have moments or seasons of living by faith, we let our emotions steer us more than we should.  

In the "wilderness" we have no choice but to focus on Jesus.  The wilderness is uncomfortable and at times, scary.  We're bombarded from every direction of earthly, meaningless things in our lives, but in the wilderness, those things fade away. They have to because otherwise helplessness would override what God is trying to show us.  I have to realize that God is not God sometimes and He is not God in some situations; He is God all the time.  

The righteous person may have many troubles, 
but the LORD delivers him from them all
- Psalms 34:19

I say this to remind myself and to anyone reading;  For 40 years, Moses waited for a word, a sign, anything from God.  He didn't hear from God the entire time he was in the wilderness.  But God is patient and He is deliberate and Moses would be tested and tried before reaching the Promised Land.  God knows what it takes for me and for us to be ready for what He has for us.  You know the saying "the greater the risk, the greater the reward?"  With God, the greater the wait, the greater the work He's doing.

If you feel like you're in the wilderness or you feel faint and weary, do not lose hope.  God knows what He is doing.

Do not let this happy trust in the Lord die away, no matter what happens. 
Remember your reward! You need to keep on patiently 
doing God's will if you want Him to do for you all that 
He has promised. His coming will not be delayed much longer. 
And those whose faith has made them good in 
God's sight must live by faith, trusting Him in everything.
- Hebrews 10:35-38

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Nicole said...

I am doing a Wednesday night Bible study with the women of our church. A woman,Claudette Scott, is doing an entire study on "wilderness." You would love it. I will try to send you my notes!!

Amy Seager said...

This is a brilliant post and I really needed to read this! Thank you for sharing and please pop over to my blog sometime as I am also a girl of God!

Happy Easter!


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