Last week, I was listening to the free webcast of the Voice of the Prophets conference and Patricia King began speaking about being in a desert or wilderness season. A few minutes before I had changed into a Prepare Ministries t-shirt that says "Wilderness Walker" on the front. I laughed and started taking notes. God likes to do things like that to get our attention.
In that moment, I felt a huge YES in my spirit. Yeah, I am in a desert season. It's a season of relative solitude, as I stay at home with my young boys without a consistent schedule or a vehicle of my own. It's a little difficult to get out of the house sometimes.
But I feel like God is calling me to embrace it. I think this season of solitude is meant to be a personal Jesus retreat right in the comfort of my own home, in between changing diapers and feeding precious little mouths. Instead of feeling like I should be accomplishing great deeds, I feel a tugging on my heart calling me to lay that down and come away.
I have the impression that this will be an important season for my heart, refining and preparing, a time of prayer and building up and laying foundations. This blog will be my place to share what is on my heart as I walk through my wilderness season, knowing as I press in that He has promised it won't stay a wilderness.
"Therefore I am now going to allure her; I will lead her into the desert and speak tenderly to her. There I will give her back her vineyards, and will make the Valley of Achor a door of hope. There she will sing as in the days of her youth, as in the day she came up out of Egypt." - Hosea 2:14-15
"Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland." - Isaiah 43:18-19
"The Lord will surely comfort Zion and will look with compassion on all her ruins; He will make her deserts like Eden, her wastelands like the garden of the Lord. Joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the sound of singing." - Isaiah 51:3