God Breaks Into Wilderness


GodReflection: God Breaks In Monday

garyguarujaI caught on quickly to the perils and sustenance of different cactus species in the desert of Southeast New Mexico. It didn’t take long to learn to watch out for the Agave Lechuguilla.

Not being big into scientific terminology we referred to the plants as plain old abbreviated “lechuges.”  Most likely, the word didn’t exist in the dictionary or outside of our county. Its usage appeared with great desert6exclamation in a descriptive sentence that communicated unbearable pain from a recent encounter with its leaf tipped surgical needles.

The desert wilderness too was the work of the Creator.

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It would bloom and blossom into a canvas with merit for display in any major art gallery. To sit on a flat rock in the shade of a desert plant was to wait for art to appear in the form of a horned toad, a brightly colored lizard, a ground squirrel, or a desert bird.

I find the word “alone” closely tied to wilderness.

Wilderness time is alone time.

After God breaks in at the baptism of Jesus, the next statement by Matthew is: Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.

Even as the Father affirms the Son, the ink of Mark’s pen is still wet as he follows the Jordan baptism with the words: At once the Spirit sent him out into the wilderness. 

Luke the great chronicler of the life of Jesus and of the story of his Spirit in the early church followed the baptismal scene with, Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness.

Numerous things catch my attention and curiosity about Jesus desert experience. Not the least being Luke’s description of Jesus as,  full of the Holy Spirit and led by the Spirit into the wilderness.

desert2It sounds to me like God entered into the wilderness to sustain the Son during the forty days temptation by Satan. Even though Jesus spent the wilderness time among wild animals—not to mention Satan himself—God breaks in and sends angels to attend him.

Here is what I think.

The Jesus and Satan desert encounter is one of those Biblical accounts where I read the words but suspect my comprehension only skims the surface of the story.

I ask myself, did Holy Spirit filled Jesus learned a valuable lessons in the desert?

For example, I think of the times in the Gospels when Jesus went to lonely places. I remember reading the record of his closest followers going with him to a lonely mountain to witness his transfiguration and to see Moses and Elijah.

When Jesus faced major decisions he went to deserted places to meet his Father. God breaks into deserted places.

desert1When he called Saul to become Paul the Apostle there was preparatory desert time included.

Here is what I wonder.

If we who follow Jesus were to allow more wilderness time to punctuate our life, is it possible that God might break into our designed desert time to add Holy fuel and Holy visions to our walk upon this earth?

It just might create an opportunity to make a deserted wilderness in the life of a fellow traveler bloom and blossom into the Divine image.

Stay tuned.

Dr. Gary J. Sorrells – A GodReflection On God Breaks Into The Wilderness.

Gary@Godreflection.org     www.MakeYourVisionGoViral.com

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