The Purpose of the Wilderness Journey

Several weeks have passed since Ash Wednesday, and we are still in the wilderness, exploring and discovering things about ourselves.  We found our way through the darkness, we stopped and rested, and we gathered strength to finish the journey.  All of these different things done to discover something unique and remarkable about our lives.  We keep seeking to rediscover that unknown spark that ignites our souls and leads us onward.

Why?  What is the point in taking this journey?  I think the answer is simple.  We explore our hearts and minds during the season of Lent so that we can experience a radical transformation in our lives.  We grow closer to God through discovering what the wilderness has to offer.  Each step moving us forward.

It is not an easy journey at all.  We must face things that force us to examine our hearts and check for the unnecessary obstacles that separate us from the Divine.  The task is arduous but hear the good news.  Each step, each discovery, each moment that we learn about God, we grow in faith.  We are restored back to life and to the author of creation.

I must admit, there are times that I enjoy being in the wilderness.  There is a comfort in searching.  There is a purpose.  I don’t have to discover why and how it is understood. We know we entered this space to reconnect with God.  When we leave this place, where will we go?  That is our next adventure.

Today in the wilderness, I am thankful for the discoveries that I find along the path.  I am grateful that we are given these forty days in which we explore our faith lives.  We return with new determination and a fresh view of our world.  Praise Be to God, who equips us to come back from the wilderness to serve the world.

Published by joekmac

I am a pastor in the United Methodist Tradition. I am the Pastor of First United Methodist Church of Belen in the New Mexico Annual Conference. I am married to Cazandra and have two sons with hemophilia.

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