“In the desert, You’re my water
In the wilderness my way.
In the darkness, my direction
In this season, have Your way
In the silence, You’re my answer
In the noise You are my peace
In the valley, You’re my focus
On this mountain I will praise you!”
~Lyrics to a song we wrote and recorded in 2015.~
Recently I wrote a song called; Desert. It was written during our trip to Israel in 2016. There was a day we spent in the wilderness close to Jerusalem. I was sitting on one of the hills with a little guitar. There was something about the “nothingness,” the “simplicity” and the silence that was audible. I started to sing: “take me back to the desert, where You alone are enough, take me back to the dessert, where my flesh disappears, back to the desert, to the simplicity of Your love, back to the desert, in Your heart I want to disappear. The chorus is about coming back to my first love.
Someone heard the words and made a statement saying that it wasn’t biblical, that we weren’t called for the desert, but for the promise land. I totally agree that we are called for the Promised Land, but I believe that we have to go through the wilderness/desert to get there. God had to deal with the Israelite’s’ “flesh” in the desert. Thought times has a way of revealing the “not so nice things” in our lives. Bitterness, pain, anger, shame etc.
While journeying on this, I had a conversation with someone and a scripture came to mind: “After sending them out, the Lord God stationed mighty cherubim to the east of the Garden of Eden, and placed a flaming sword that flashed back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.” Gen 3:24. It came to mind that the only way back to the garden is through the flaming sword. That is exactly what desert seasons does. It purifies. What would happen if we would look at desert seasons differently?
I attended a church service recently where a lady had such a beautiful message about communion. She explained that through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we are now able to partake in life, healing, freedom etc. That is the truth, but while listening to her, a question came to mind, why then does so many of us still live a defeated life? a scripture came to mind: “And since we died with Christ, we know that we will also live with him.” Rom 6:8
I realized, in order for us to walk in victory and life with Christ, we have to die to ourselves. Die to our own selfish desires, die to doubt, die to fear. I heard someone share a powerful response God had to a question he asked. He explains that he was going through a really rough season, He asked God: “Lord, did you bring me into the wilderness to kill me?” God responded: “No, I brought you into the wilderness to kill your fear”
Lastly, In the desert seasons, we find out what we truly believe about God’s character.
Desert seasons exposes our hearts, not to destroy, but to heal!
When you are thirsty, you value water
When you are scourged by the son, you value shade
When you have been walking for a long time, you value rest
Every season in life has an expiry date. Each season in life carries immense weight. This earthly life is just a drop in the bucket called eternity. Don’t give up!