You may have noticed that it’s been over a month since I last wrote here on the blog.
The truth is that I’ve been wandering in the wilderness for several weeks. Inspiration to write is difficult, if not impossible, when you are struggling with your challenges and situations in life.
I imagine many of you reading this know exactly what I mean. Many of you probably find yourselves wandering in your own wilderness today.
It’s a landscape full of despair, depression, bitterness, and confusion. And finding God in the desolate places of our life sometimes seems almost impossible.
“I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water.” (Psalm 63:1)
You wake up some mornings desperately summoning the courage and determination to persevere through another day. And you struggle to make sense of what is going on in your life.
“Where is God” you scream inside. But God seems distant and unresponsive. Your prayers seem to go unheard, as if heaven has disconnected it’s line, or blocked your call.
I see some of you shaking your heads. You’re familiar with the wilderness aren’t you? Some of you are camped out in your wilderness right now. That’s me by the fire to your right, by the way. The one with his head between his hands.
How do you find your way out of the wilderness? How do you regain your hope? How do you learn to trust God and his plan, even when your life makes no sense?
I have to remind myself of certain truths. And so do you.
When we feel like can not trust God actions in our life, we must trust his heart.
And God’s heart is explained in this scripture.
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
Notice it doesn’t say all things are good. Rather it says that ultimately, all things will work together for good for God’s purposes.
God’s purposes. Not my purposes.
And that’s the rub isn’t it? Most of the stress, anxiety, and turmoil in my life are when my will for my life clashes with God’s will for my life.
But as I heard Pastor Perry Noble paraphrase this scripture the other day, “If it ain’t good, then God ain’t done.”
The other truth we must cling to in order to survive the wilderness is that God’s silence is not his absence. Just because it seems like God is silent doesn’t mean he is absent and not doing anything.
When your kids are silent in the other room, does that mean they aren’t there? Usually it means they are up to something doesn’t it!
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6)
We may feel all alone. We may fee like God has abandoned us or doesn’t care about us and our situation. We may feel like we’ve wandered into the wilderness all alone.
But the scripture tells us God never left our side. He is with us even in the wilderness.
You are never alone.
You and I will find our way out of the wilderness, if we let him lead us. If we lose our hope then we have nothing left. But if hope is all we have, then we have all we need.
Jesus is our hope. He is the anchor of our soul as the writer of Hebrews says.
Cling to the anchor and allow it to lead you back in the boat. The waves may still be crashing, the winds howling, and your boat my be taking on water.
But you will be soaked, not sunk. We must learn to worship when we’re wet.
He will lead us home.