How did I get here? Why is this taking so long? Am I going the right way? Am I lost? Is there anything happening at all, or am I simply wasting my time?
Wilderness moments are daunting. Powerful. Revealing. They leave us feeling alone, and cause us to question our beliefs. We doubt ourselves, our future, and even our purpose.
Wilderness moments. We do what we can to avoid them. Better to stay with the group, even if we sense that God is calling us to something bigger, than to wander off to our own wilderness moments.
We each have been called to our own unique journey, and as part of that journey, we are required to travel the wilderness from time to time. To head for a destination that has not yet been revealed. To trust God to provide for us moment by moment, day by day, week by week, and finally, side by side.
And it is only through our wilderness moments that God can reveal His greatest surprises. Once He has us as a captive audience, communicating with Him on a daily basis, and trusting Him enough to follow wherever we are led, then our boundaries truly are limitless. God can enlarge our territory. He can use us to touch more of His world than we ever dreamed possible.
He can show us that home is wherever He is.
So, embrace your wilderness moments. They require crazy levels of faith, and when you look back, you will see them as the most powerful of your life.
Psalm 56:8 - You number my wanderings; put my tears in your bottle. Are they not in your book?
What can you share about your own wilderness moments? How has God spoken to you, even if you felt as if you were wandering about and were not sure where you belonged?