When Jesus heard of it he departed thence by ship into a desert place apart: and when the people had heard [thereof], they followed him on foot out of the cities. And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick. (Matthew 14: 13)
I want to say a few things to my faithful devoted readers. Some of you may be wondering why my writing has been so sporadic. Fact is, I have taken a full time job a few weeks ago. And in the process, after only three weeks I have been promoted to management.
This is something that totally took me by surprise. Though I know nothing takes our Father by surprise. I can look back at my life just a few short months ago, and I can see how God has been preparing me for this time. The responsibility I have taken on encompasses everything I have ever learned or done in my life. That is a GOD thing!
I have been able to be a light in a much needed place. I know the job promotion is not because of my capabilities, but because of WHO lives inside me. Thank you Lord!
I have been writing some new music and am working on a new book just as sporadically as I am writing you. There is a reason for all this. God is not one to lead us down a different pathway and leave us there holding our hands up asking, Why?" In fact, when we ask God WHY, we are like a child who questions his parent when given a task to do something. It is disrespectful and shows our lack of faith in who God is. I never ask God why? Oh, I may tease in telling others, “I wonder what I am doing here?” But in all seriousness, I know exactly why God has moved us to this dry desert region known as the Permian Basin.
Deserts are places of preparation. They are also places of fruition. I spent some time in the desert spiritually in Colorado. It was a preparing place for bigger things to come. Jesus spent time in the desert before his ministry began. He also spent time in the desert ministering to people. Some may feel the desert place as a dry unproductive place to be spiritually. I ask you, "If that is so, why did Jesus find it as a spiritual growing place and a ministry place for healing?"
As I mentioned in my book, Forty Days of Life Changing Devotions, “The desert is a beautiful place. We should run to it, and embrace it! God is in the desert!
My grandmother, whom we fondly called “Mamaw”, raised her family in the arrid part of Oklahoma during the dust bowl days. She was known for her quick wit and sense of humor. I can relate to some of the ways Mamaw would express her self such as:
“I sweep Texas out the door one day and when the wind changes, I sweep Kansas out the next!"
"When Noah’s flood came, Altus, got ˝ an inch!"
"If they took the wind out of Oklahoma, it would not be as big as Rhode Island!”
Mamaw was not a complainer. I think of it now, and remember how important it is to keep a sense of humor while in the desert. We don’t want to be like the children of Israel who complained for forty years, now do we?
So whether you live in a dry, dusty climate or in a lush regional area, you may be experiencing a spiritual season in the desert. Keep trusting and keep drinking the “LIVING WATER!” Keep eating from the Eternal VINE!” God is most likely doing some fine pruning before releasing you into ministry. He also may be placing you right in the middle of an active ministry at hand, as we have found in our lives.
So as my dear mother would say, “Hangeth Thou in There!”