We're starting our first week with a welcome, and with a discussion of "Wilderness." I love the topic of wilderness, and it often comes up in retreat work. I find that people often like to talk about times of hardship, loneliness, of trials as time in the wilderness. There's a solace in the fact that we all go through these hard times, lonely times, that we all are faced with tough issues.
|"Sunny Spot" by Garry on Flickr - a bit of Wilderness|
I get the feeling that maybe this week, I understand a little better how the Israelites and Jesus felt as they began their time in Ha Midbar (the wilderness). Thrown there, possibly without planning for their time, without the appropriate provisions or road map. A project manager such as I dislikes this feeling immensely. I want to KNOW where we are headed, what the tasks and "deliverables" we need to work on. And yet these things are hidden from view.
The stories of wilderness in the Bible also show that there is a patience required when one is on the journey. Yes, we may be "out here" awhile. There is likely a lesson to learn, either planned or that will make itself known once we have lived off of manna long enough and are ready to move along. This theme of lessons and patience (in both Old and New Testaments) is not lost on me.
I'll lean in to faith and keep hanging on in to Lent.
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