Several times in my life I’ve found myself wandering through life trying to find my purpose, regain my center, wandering through a desert of trial after trial after trial. It feels like I wake up, go to work, go to bed, then rinse wash and repeat. Every time I think life is about to get better I get beaten down again. As hard as some of my deserts have been I am still thankful God didn’t call me to wander aimlessly for 40 years. Just saying.
Anyways… I’m a type-a neurotic planner. I drive everyone around me crazy as I try to control even the smallest detail. When I can’t be in control I feel out of control and that lack of control creates anxiety, additional stress and more hardship than I ever want to admit to. By forcing MY will of how I think life should go I just make a big ‘ol mess of it! If I were to just stop, breathe, and surrender my will to God He would provide a way out of that desert. Surrender my will to His will. Lower myself so that He may be elevated. His way is so much sweeter than mine.
So in those hard times of life when you’re walking through the desert, cry out to God and be open to hearing, then following, the direction He provides for you. God’s way is sweeter than anything we could create for ourselves. Delight in him. Enjoy the dessert of God’s goodness, grace, love, mercy and joy as you are carried through the desert in the arms of your loving savior.
Numbers 32:13 – The Lord’s anger burned against Israel and he made them wander in the wilderness forty years, until the whole generation of those who had done evil in his sigh was gone.
Philippians 4:6-7 – Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Ask the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Psalm 94:19 – When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul.
Luke 12:22-26 – Do not worry about your life, what you will eat, or about your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn yet God feels them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?