When I was young the wilderness seemed wild and untamed.
It brought times of isolation and pain.
My soul would groan, ache and whine at the dry, cracked unbearable surroundings.
It seemed like punishment. Torture. Abandonment.
Now that I am older, more intimate with the wilderness I embrace it.
Now, even though it still brings isolation, I see God.
I see grace in the wilderness as it brings growth, renewal and humility.
It brings a deeper, closer more intimate walk with God.
"You shall remember all the way which the LORD your God has led you in the wilderness these forty years, that He might humble you, testing you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not. Deuteronomy 8:2-16
This is part of the 2014 31 day writing challenge over at the Nesting Place. You can check out my other post by clicking the image below.
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