Is It Possible to Find Peace in Our Wilderness?

God Can Refresh Us Even in the Wilderness

Have you ever considered that the God who created the garden also created the wilderness? That the God who created the glorious fragrant rose also created its thorns?

World renown missionary, Amy Carmichael, once said, “Bare heights of loneliness … a wilderness whose burning winds sweep over glowing sands, what are they to HIM? Even there He can refresh us, even there He can renew us.”

Perhaps Jesus knew the same.

“[Jesus], Himself often withdrew into the wilderness and prayed.” ~ Luke 5:16

Jesus chose the wilderness as a place of solitude, whereas I tend to run away from this difficult place. To me, the wilderness represents difficulty, trial, desolation, and barren dry places.

But Jesus chose the wilderness.

Maybe because He knew the One in whom He believed and trusted in His steadfast love.

I can imagine Jesus in the wilderness, sitting beneath the boughs of an acacia tree hidden in the shadows that linger even in the noonday sun. He presses His back against the bark, rough with desert dryness, and raises His head, opens His eyes to behold the heavens and consider His Father.

His gaze must pass through the multitude of thorns protruding from each branch. The significance does not go unnoticed – the thorns representing sin and the curse of a fallen world.

Jesus closes His eyes and listens. Come to Me, My Son. Come and let me ease Your burden.

A boulder juts from the barren earth a few feet away. Jesus heeds the voice of His Father. I can envision Him kneeling against the hard surface, hands clasped, head bowed. Perhaps a tear escapes and flows effortlessly down His cheeks of flesh while He asks for strength … while He prays for us.

How beautiful to know He prays for us!

In the Wilderness Jesus Found Peace

But the point is that Jesus prayed often in the wilderness. He found rest there. Solitude. Reverence. And peace.

Jesus did not find torment or failure or fear — those things we equate with our wilderness experiences.

He found His Father.

Our Father waits for us in our wilderness also. No matter what we face, He remains.

Will you heed His call?


Nan Jones

Nan Jones is an author/speaker who uses the words of her heart to assist fellow Christians in discovering the Presence of God in their darkest hour. She has been published in several anthologies as well as the online inspirational sites Christian Devotions, and Inspire a Fire where she is a monthly contributor. She is also a monthly contributor to PW Connections, a blog and forum to encourage pastors' wives. Nan has had the honor of being featured as a guest blogger on several sites. She is thrilled to announce her debut book, The Perils of a Pastor's Wife released June 30, 2015 by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. This memoir was a 2016 Selah finalist. When Nan isn't writing, she enjoys leading prayer retreats, bible studies or sharing God’s love as keynote speaker for special events. She is becoming known by her brand: "Even so, I walk in the Presence of the Lord" as she teaches her audience to go beyond the veil to find God's Presence. You may visit Nan at her website: Nan has also created a facebook community page, Seeing Beyond The Veil, to provide a place for folks to go and get away from the chaos for a few moments and focus on Jesus through scripture, worship, testimony, and inspirational quotes. For personal communication you may email Nan at The Perils of a Pastor's Wife is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and LPC Bookstore

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