The past few days have caught up to us as our test of faith has run its course. We always find these times of testing emotionally, physically, and spiritually exhausting. Survival is that way by nature. Even though we are not in the same survival mode as we were in the desert these days of testing still exhaust us.
The nature lesson
Jesus meets us in the desert
Our God, however, never changes. He is the same loving Father He has always been. Nothing has moved Him from being the quiet, humble, sovereign Father He has always been. Though satan may come in like a flood, he cannot overwhelm one whose heart and mind are fixed on the Rock.
All who follow God know the sacrifices and deprivations in the wilderness as He strips us of our ‘self’ nature. Once emptied, He fills us with Himself. We drink deep from the sweet intimacy we have with Jesus in the quiet place. It is in the betrothal to our Beloved that changes us. We become accustomed to the quiet union and communion with Jesus in the desert. However, we are called to bring the message of His truth to those that do not know Him in that level of intimacy yet.
What is the greater sacrifice, to give up everything to have sweet communion with Jesus in the desert, or to leave the desert and spread the message of this intimacy to those who cherish ‘self’ over spirit?
Homer and Wanda