In Christian circles, the metaphor of the “wilderness” is usually used to describe a time of wandering, searching, and struggle. And when Jesus went into the desert to be tempted by the devil, it was such a time of weakness.
But there were other times when Jesus went into the desert, and I urge you, Reader, to go with me to the wilderness today.
Jesus was in the beginnings of ministry. He had just found most of his disciples who were to follow him, and he was going from city to city healing people. He had just healed a man of leprosy and the news had traveled extensively. Crowds were gathering and the sick were being brought.
“But Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray.” ~ Luke 5:15
Jesus knew when he needed to withdraw from the crowds and from his schedule. So he went into the wilderness, a distance away from everyone, so he, only, could be with his Father and receive the strength needed to face another day.
Reader, do you need strength? Do you need peace? Do you need to curl up with the Scriptures away from the hustle and bustle of the day and just get with your Father?
Be determined to say, “I need to be alone.”
Carve out that time and give it to the One who created time.
And be refreshed.